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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kudos - Unregistered

November 11, 2012 10:05 PM

If the situation had been reversed and Spies was able to ride and in Nakasuga's exact situation, I have no doubt that Spies would have binned it or had some type of mechanical issue. It's just been that type of year for him. I can't recall a bigger waste of a factory seat in the history of MotoGP. I remember people were wondering why some one like Tohru Ukawa got the factory seat alongside Rossi in the Repsol Honda team during the inaugural season of 4 strokes but at least Ukawa managed to finish 3rd overall and get a win. He's Agostini compared to the miserable year Spies has endured.

ben spies - Unregistered

November 11, 2012 11:37 PM

Come on guys ,i know yous are all new to motogp,or you would of remembered me last year being pipped on the post by stoner in worse conditions than that.cheers

Oli - Unregistered

November 12, 2012 8:59 AM

Well done Naka-sack, at last a stand-in rider who has shown they are decent. I don't get the criticism of Ukawa, he was one of the best 250cc riders of the late 90s and moved up to 500s with the likes of Rossi, Capirossi, Jacque, Nakano and Kato. In the first year of MotoGP he was best of the rest for most of the year, beat Rossi in a straight fight at Welkom (not many people managed that during that era) and only lost 2nd in the championship to Mad Max at the final round.

As for Spies, this result doesn't reflect well on him sadly does it. Given the Ducati woes that have been ongoing to 5 seasons now, I fear it's the end of his top-line MotoGP career. Personally I think he'd have been better off fighting to be top CRT than being on a Ducati.


November 12, 2012 9:42 AM

How Fandom Works:

If a rider you support makes the right tyre choice then it was all part of a clever strategy and shows just how great he is.

If a rider you don't support makes the right tyre choice then he gambled and was lucky. This applies doubly when the rider in question beats your favoured rider.

Likewise if your favourite falls he was unlucky. If a rider you don't like falls he made a stupid rookie error.

oldie - Unregistered

November 12, 2012 10:59 AM

Amazing that anyone can find any basis for criticising Nakasuga. A terrific performance that shines a powerful spotlight on Spies' atrocious performance on a championship-winning bike. Yamaha would have been better served if Nakasuga had been on it all season. I hope Yamaha reward Nakasuga appropriately. Spies should p!ss off back to AMA where he belongs - the WSBK championship must have been a fluke...

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