Takaaki Nakagami is yet to win a Moto2 Grand Prix but his first win can’t be far away. It’s going to be a huge moment when he reaches the top step of the podium since Nakagami has come agonisingly close to victory on several occasions. Last year he was able to string together four consecutive second place finishes (and a swag of pole positions) but developed a knack for losing the lead of a race in the dying stages. It was heartbreaking stuff.
Two weeks ago Nakagami produced another strong performance at the front of the Moto2 race in Qatar, and once again he was passed in the final laps. This time he missed out on victory by just 4 hundredths of second in a frantic sprint to the finish line. With the new season underway, Nakagami still couldn’t close the deal on track.
Assuming the 22 year old eventually does take a win, it will mean so much more to him because of those close calls along the way. Nakagami might also find that shedding that monkey off his back is worth a few extra tenths.