Takaaki Nakagami

LCR Honda

Takaaki Nakagami MotoGP LCR Honda 2019 Profile
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At 15 years old, ‘Taka’ Nakagami became the youngest-ever winner of the Japanese 125cc Championship in 2006, before entering the competitive Spanish Championship the following year under the Red Bull MotoGP Academy banner.

After a single wildcard ride in 2007, he made his 125cc Grand Prix debut in 2008 but struggled. He returned to the Japanese 600 Superstock championship for the 2010 and 2011 seasons, winning the title in his second campaign before moving to the 600cc Grand Prix category 2012.

After a string of top-10 finishes in 2012, he scored second top-fives the next season, showing consistency with four consecutive second-placed finishes.

His switch to the Idemitsu Honda squad in 2014 didn’t start to pay dividends until 2016 when he scored his first-ever Grand Prix victory at the Dutch TT ahead of double Moto2 World Champion Johann Zarco.

With his confidence and machinery improving, he’d scored seven more podiums and two poles by the end of 2017 and formed a two-rider LCR Honda MotoGP team with Cal Crutchlow.

He’s been quick to adapt to MotoGP machinery and proved his versatility when he and his team finished second overall at this year’s iconic Suzuka 8 Hours event, 

The Japanese rider's highest finish at Phillip Island was fourth in the Moto2 category in 2015, having closed out the 2018 season on the top of the post-season Jerez test results, Nakagami will be hopeful of a much higher finish at the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix in 2019.


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