Cal Crutchlow, the British chap who represents the LCR Honda MotoGP Team, has been assigned a new teammate for 2018 MotoGP season. The team has chosen Takaaki Nakagami as the lucky one.
Takaaki Nakagami is a Moto 2 rider and as of now has 12 podium finishes in the intermediate class to his name. LCR Honda MotoGP Team has spotted his talent and this Japanese guy has now shifted a level up from Moto 2 to MotoGP and he’d be riding the RC213V in the 2018 MotoGP season along with Cal Crutchlow.
Speaking on this announcement, 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.”
Lucio Cecchinello, LCR Honda Team Principal, expressed his views by saying, “We are very happy to confirm Takaaki Nakagami as the newest member of our Team; a Team which will be expanded with crew 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, and in the name of the whole LCR Honda Team, I think it is fair to say that we are all extremely motivated to work with a rookie like Taka because ever since he made his debut as a youngster he has shown huge potential. From myself, the team, and from HRC Takaaki will have the best support possible to take on the next challenge in his career.”
Also present were Yoshishige Nomura, President Honda Racing Corporation, he said, “Nakagami continues his journey into 2018 as an HRC contract rider, and using his passion and riding skills to their fullest, will undoubtedly become a rider that the younger generation from Japan, and the Asia region, will aspire to be like. I believe his dreams will drive him to become a top-class rider who will impress many fans.”