Japanese rider Takaaki Nakagami will remain a Honda rider after completing a ‘multi-year’ deal with the LCR Honda squad.
Nakagami first fled onto the premier class scene back in 2018, after seven years in the intermediate Moto2 class. The Japanese rider picked up two wins and 14 podiums before joining Cal Crutchlow in the LCR team under Idemtisu sponsorship.
Currently, the 28-year-old is one of two riders to finish every Grand Prix this season, the only rider to finish every race inside the top ten. However, despite lying fifth in the championship, Nakagami is yet to score a premier class podium, despite having it all-but confirmed in Austria before the red flag,
With a new team-mate for 2021, extra pressure lies on the former Moto2 Grand Prix victor, with two-time podium finisher Alex Marquez stepping in to the LCR team.
Nakagami and LCR were keen to have the Japanese rider given current-spec works machinery having been HRC’s leading rider this season, however, in the press release from Honda, there’s no mention as to which machinery he will be given and how long the ‘multi-year’ deal is.
Takaaki Nakagami – LCR Honda IdemitsuI’m very happy to be able to continue racing for LCR Honda IDEMITSU in 2021 and beyond. I’m grateful to Honda for their generous support, allowing me to bring out my full potential this season. I will be doing my best to gain solid results for the remaining races, and build on that momentum next year. I’m aiming higher with Honda. I look forward to your continued support.”
Tetsuhiro Kuwata – HRC general managerI am very pleased that we can continue to battle with Takaaki Nakagami in the MotoGP class next season onwards. I am truly grateful to the fans and IDEMITSU who have supported his career to date. This season, Nakagami’s performance has been solid, finishing within the points in every race, and is currently fifth. His presence in the MotoGP class is on the rise, and we look forward to his performance in the remaining races.”
Nakagami will return to MotoGP action at this weekends Teruel Grand Prix.
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