Takaaki Nakagami posted his best-ever result in the MotoGP class as he claimed fourth position in the Andalusian Grand Prix on Sunday. Following his top-10 at the same venue last weekend, the LCR Honda IDEMITSU rider backed up his impressive form over the past couple of days with a superb ride in today’s race in Jerez and only narrowly missed out on a first podium finish in the premier category.

The Japanese star had served notice of his potential at the Jerez Circuit this week by going fastest in both FP2 and FP4. Starting from eighth on the grid, Taka was always battling towards the front of the field and, after Pecco Bagnaia’s late retirement, was chasing down Valentino Rossi for the final podium place on the last few laps. In the end he had to settle for fourth but finished as the top Honda rider and is now full of confidence ahead of the next round in Czech Republic.