Intermittent rain at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit in Argentina made for a difficult qualifying day for LCR Honda IDEMITSU’s rookie Taka Nakagami. In just his second event in the MotoGP class, the Japanese rider had to contend with a track which was never completely wet, nor completely dry, throwing his positive work from day one into the trash.

Unable to get a feel for the tricky surface, Nakagami brought his Honda home in 24th position on the grid, and will have to work hard to get into the points at the South American venue.

#30 Takaaki Nakagami – (24th – 1’51.387)

“I’m disappointed about my result today, it was a really tricky day on the track and conditions were difficult. I felt good in the wet conditions, but when it was becoming dry I struggled a little bit on the exits of the corners.

It was very hard for me to understand the Michelin tyre for the rain as it was the first time I’d used it, but after the session we talked with a Michelin engineer and they explained how to use it. But for the future it was a really good experience for me and I will of course try my best for the race.”