MotoGP » Nakasuga talks 'miracle' MotoGP podium

"It is like a dream or a miracle for me to be on the podium" - Katsuyuki Nakasuga.

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cemtex - Unregistered

November 11, 2012 7:30 PM

It's amazing but had Nakasuga not been on the podium today, it would have been the first time in 27 years that a Japanese rider had not finished on the podium in any of the 3 classes during a grandprix/motogp season. I believe this is just the 2nd time that a wild card rider has placed on the rostrum since Bayliss' wild card ride at Valencia on the Ducati. Also, congrats on the birth of his second child, Haruto this past week as well. I'm sure getting 2nd at Valencia is just icing on the cake to a terrific past few weeks.


November 11, 2012 7:45 PM

Fantistic ride, fantastic race! Only 5 riders achieved second place this year in MotoGP - Lorenzo, Pedrosa, Stoner Rossi - and Katsuyuki Nakasuga. It's a really mystery what was Spies doing this year. Hope nobody will say now Japanese test riders are slow.

One thing suddenly springed to my mind - if he only speaks Japanese, he did he communicate with Spies' crew?

Slartibartfast. - Unregistered

November 11, 2012 7:56 PM

A great day for the Japanese rider,but lets put it in context.He gambled on slick tyres and it paid off.Would he have been on the podium in a dry or fully wet race?
Not a dogs chance.But kudos to the guy,he will enjoy his evening meal thats for sure!

kns - Unregistered

November 11, 2012 8:02 PM

At the start of the 2012 Suzuka 8 Hours, polesitter Katsuyuki Nakasuga on the Monster Energy Yamaha YART R1 quickly grabbed the lead and set a blazing pace. The Japanese Superbike ace had established a gap, but unfortunately crashed heavily 30 minutes into his stint, damaging the bike and forcing him to push back to the pits - the team eventually retired from the race.

Nakasuga was redeemed for that crash in Suzuka.


November 11, 2012 8:10 PM

@ separated

Agreed! Geez...Nakasuga made Spies' performances this year look downright horrible. He hopped on the M1 and ran the pace the entire race. Imagine what Rossi is going to do on that thing.

gsxr1000 - Unregistered

November 11, 2012 8:35 PM

I think it'll take more than that to dispel those "myths". Just because the bike didn't break and a fill-in rider made it to the podium in a race where 1/3rd of the field crashed out (including five guys in front of him), it doesn't mean the crew is suddenly competent and on top of it. The back-to-back Laguna and Indy mechanical DNFs alone would need a bit more than this to redeem that crew.

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