Round 08 Assen Race


Rd08 オランダGP/TTサーキット・アッセン: 2016年6月26日(日)

気温: 20℃  路面: 23℃

 第8戦オランダGPの決勝レースで、IDEMITSU Honda Team Asiaの中上貴晶が優勝。グランプリ初勝利を、伝統ある〈ロードレースの大聖堂〉で達成した。








Fantastic Victory for Nakagami at ‘Cathedral of Speed’

Rd08 Motul TT Assen : Sunday, June 26 2016

Weather: DRY
Ambient: 20℃:Track: 23℃

IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia rider Takaaki Nakagami made fantastic maiden victory today at historic Dutch TT race a.k.a. ‘Cathedral of Speed’.

 In warm up session, the Japanese rider set the fourth consecutive fastest time on Sunday mornings since Le Mans, which gave him the extra confidence for twenty-four lap race in the afternoon. Despite the looming threat of rain, the race has started with dry conditions at 1220 and Nakagami did the rest.

After making a good start in the leading group, Nakagami overtook riders one by one and snatched the lead on lap10. Then he created comfortable gap with setting four consecutive 1m58s0. When he was managing this gap, rain started to fall, which made the race red-flagged on the penultimate lap. Race was classified after lap21 and by adding twenty-five points, Nakagami is now fifth in the championship standings of seventy-five points overall.

Takaaki Nakagami (winner)

“I am sorry especially for Japanese fans to have kept them waiting the victory such a long time! Now, I climbed on the center of the podium today for the first time in my Grand Prix career. We have a good advantage with race pace, and I enjoyed the whole race today with managing the gap. The only thing I missed today was seeing the checkered flag on the finish line, however, considering the torrential rain at that time, I think red flag was the right decision. I would like to thank to my team, my family and all the sponsors who always support me.”

Tadayuki Okada - Team Manager

“Taka did a perfect race today. At the beginning he overtook riders with great composure and created the gap over three seconds with setting fastest lap times consecutively, which was the decisive factor in today’s race. Knowing that we were most consistent for the final part of the race, Taka managed the race as he was supposed to do. Even if the red flag hadn’t been shown, I believe we would’ve won the race, in any case. Last but not least, I would like to thank to all our team staff and sponsors who always believe and support us.”