Nakagami graduates to MotoGP with LCR
20 August 2017 – LCR Honda will become a two-bike team in 2018 after confirming that Takaaki Nakagami will graduate to MotoGP, partnering Cal Crutchlow.
LCR has run two bikes full-time only once in its decade-long spell in MotoGP, when Crutchlow and Jack Miller formed its 2015 line-up, but will expand again after recruiting Nakagami.
Nakagami, 25, holds seventh in the Moto2 standings in his sixth campaign in the secondary class and has one win to his name, which he captured at last season's Dutch TT.
"We are very happy to confirm Takaaki Nakagami as the newest member of our team," said Team Principal Lucio Cecchinello.
"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.
"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."
Nakagami added: "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."