Takaaki Nakagami to stay at LCR Honda in MotoGP subsequent season
Nakagami’s future had been thrown into doubt amid a tough fifth season within the premier class aboard the troublesome 2022 iteration of the Honda RC213V.
The Japanese rider lies sixteenth within the standings forward of this weekend’s Aragon spherical with a pair of seventh-place finishes at Jerez and Le Mans standing as his greatest outcomes of the season to date, albeit second of the Honda contingent behind Marc Marquez.
LCR’s second Idemitsu-sponsored bike had been tipped for a while to go to Ai Ogura, who rides for Honda Staff Asia in Moto2 and at the moment lies second within the standings.
Nonetheless, it’s thought that Ogura was reluctant to make the step as much as MotoGP in 2023 in mild of Honda’s present aggressive stoop within the high class.
“I’m very blissful to have the ability to proceed racing in MotoGP in 2023 with LCR Honda Idemitsu,” mentioned Nakagami. “I wish to thank Idemitsu and Honda HRC for his or her steady assist.
“I’m wanting ahead to the subsequent season, and I’ll give it every little thing to attain one of the best outcomes with the workforce. In the meantime, for the remainder of this season, I’ll proceed to work laborious to enhance my efficiency.”
Staff boss Lucio Cecchinello added: “We’re very happy with this announcement, since 2020 Taka has proved to be a really quick rider in a position to combat for podium positions and this yr he has persistently fought to complete as the highest Honda rider.
“I belief in his potential and because of his six years of expertise driving the Honda RCV213 bike, he will certainly assist the LCR Honda Idemitsu Staff and HRC to enhance our bike package deal and to shut the hole with our opponents.”
Ogura is predicted to stay in Moto2 for an additional season in 2023, regardless of solely trailing championship chief Augusto Fernandez by 4 factors.
Fernandez seems set to be the one rider transferring up from the intermediate class to MotoGP subsequent yr after touchdown a experience with the rebranded GasGas Tech 3 workforce.
Takaaki Nakagami, Staff LCR Honda
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