Takaaki Nakagami Japanese Moto2 racer will join to Cal Crutchlow at LCR Honda for the 2018 MotoGP season.
Thanks in part to Honda and series organisers Dorna’s desire for a Japanese rider in the top class of the sport, he will join Lucio Cecchinello’s.
“We are very happy to confirm Takaaki Nakagami as a member of our Team.
A team which will be expanded with members who boast vast experience. This project, alongside our current programme with Cal Crutchlow, marks the fulfilment of our sporting ambitions.”
“I am truly delighted, in the name of the whole LCR Honda Team, and I think it is fair to say that we are very motivated to work with a rookie like Takaaki Nakagami because ever since he made his debut as a youngster he has shown huge potential. The team will have the best support possible to take on the next challenge in his career.”
Takaaki Nakagami said: “Since riding a pocket bike when I was four years old, I have always aimed to compete with the world’s best. This opportunity has become real thanks to all of my associates and fans.”
“There are still seven Moto2 races left this season, including the Japanese Grand Prix. I’ll be concentrating on these races, while gaining the abilities I need for next year. I hope everyone will continue to support me the way they have up to now.”