Katsuyuki Nakasuga

Katsuyuki Nakasuga (中須賀 克行, Nakasuga Katsuyuki, born 9 August 1981 in Fukuoka Prefecture) is a Japanese motorcycle racer.[1] He races a factory Yamaha YZF-R1 in the JSB1000 class of the All Japan Road Race Championship. He has won the Suzuka 8 Hours four times (2015,2016,2017,2018) and the JSB1000 championship title nine times (2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019).

Katsuyuki Nakasuga
Katsuyuki Nakasuga JSB1000 Motegi 2016.jpg
Nakasuga in 2016
NationalityJapanese
Born (1981-08-09) 9 August 1981 (age 38)
Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan
Current teamYAMAHA FACTORY RACING TEAM
Bike number21
Motorcycle racing career statistics
MotoGP World Championship
Active years20112018
ManufacturersYamaha
Championships0
2018 championship position26th (2 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
9 0 1 0 0 65
250cc World Championship
Active years20022004
ManufacturersYamaha
Championships0
2004 championship positionNC (0 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
3 0 0 0 0 4

CareerEdit

A former competitor in the MFJ All Japan Road Race GP250 Championship between 1999 and 2005, Nakasuga moved into the All Japan Superbike Championship, winning the title in 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 for Yamaha. After losing the title to Honda's Takumi Takahashi in 2017, he added an eighth and ninth title to his resume in 2018 and 2019.

Nakasuga had his premier class Grand Prix start at the Valencia circuit at the final race of the 2011 season as a replacement for the injured Jorge Lorenzo, finishing a creditable sixth place. In 2012, he made a wild-card appearance for Yamaha at his home race at Motegi, finishing ninth, before making another appearance for the factory team at Valencia, this time in place of the injured Ben Spies. Taking advantage of a wet circuit and numerous retirements ahead of him, Nakasuga was able to finish a distant second behind race winner Dani Pedrosa, becoming the only Japanese rider to score a podium finish in any class during 2012.

He won the Suzuka 8 Hours in 2015 with Pol Espargaró and Bradley Smith, in 2016 with Espargaró and Alex Lowes and in 2017 and 2018 with Lowes and Michael van der Mark.

Alongside his racing duties, he currently is the lead test rider for Yamaha in MotoGP.

Career statisticsEdit

Grand Prix motorcycle racingEdit

By seasonEdit

Season Class Motorcycle Team Race Win Podium Pole FLap Pts Plcd
2002 250cc Yamaha Technospeed Nakasuga 1 0 0 0 0 4 31st
2003 250cc Yamaha SP Tadao Racing Team 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC
2004 250cc Yamaha SP Tadao Racing Team 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC
2011 MotoGP Yamaha Yamaha Factory Racing 1 0 0 0 0 10 18th
2012 MotoGP Yamaha Yamaha YSP Racing Team
Yamaha Factory Racing
2 0 1 0 0 27 18th
2013 MotoGP Yamaha Yamaha YSP Racing Team 1 0 0 0 0 5 22nd
2014 MotoGP Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team with YSP 1 0 0 0 0 4 26th
2015 MotoGP Yamaha Yamaha Factory Racing Team 1 0 0 0 0 8 23rd
2016 MotoGP Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha Factory Racing 1 0 0 0 0 5 23rd
2017 MotoGP Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha Factory Racing 1 0 0 0 0 4 26th
2018 MotoGP Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha Factory Racing 1 0 0 0 0 2 26th
Total 12 0 1 0 0 69


Races by yearEdit

(key)

Year Class Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Pos. Pts
2002 250cc Yamaha JPN RSA SPA FRA ITA CAT NED GBR GER CZE POR BRA PAC
12
MAL AUS VAL 31st 4
2003 250cc Yamaha JPN
Ret
RSA SPA FRA ITA CAT NED GBR GER CZE POR BRA PAC MAL AUS VAL NC 0
2004 250cc Yamaha RSA SPA FRA ITA CAT NED BRA GER GBR CZE POR JPN
20
QAT MAL AUS VAL NC 0
2011 MotoGP Yamaha QAT SPA POR FRA CAT GBR NED ITA GER USA CZE IND RSM ARA JPN AUS MAL
C
VAL
6
18th 10
2012 MotoGP Yamaha QAT SPA POR FRA CAT GBR NED GER ITA USA IND CZE RSM ARA JPN
9
MAL AUS VAL
2
18th 27
2013 MotoGP Yamaha QAT AME SPA FRA ITA CAT NED GER USA IND CZE GBR RSM ARA MAL AUS JPN
11
VAL 22nd 5
2014 MotoGP Yamaha QAT AME ARG SPA FRA ITA CAT NED GER IND CZE GBR RSM ARA JPN
12
AUS MAL VAL 26th 4
2015 MotoGP Yamaha QAT AME ARG SPA FRA ITA CAT NED GER IND CZE GBR RSM ARA JPN
8
AUS MAL VAL 23rd 8
2016 MotoGP Yamaha QAT ARG AME SPA FRA ITA CAT NED GER AUT CZE GBR RSM ARA JPN
11
AUS MAL VAL 23rd 5
2017 MotoGP Yamaha QAT ARG AME SPA FRA ITA CAT NED GER CZE AUT GBR RSM ARA JPN
12
AUS MAL VAL 26th 4
2018 MotoGP Yamaha QAT ARG AME SPA FRA ITA CAT NED GER CZE AUT GBR RSM ARA THA JPN
14
AUS MAL VAL 26th 2


Suzuka 8 Hours resultsEdit

Year Team Co-riders Bike Pos.
2015   Yamaha Factory Racing Team   Pol Espargaró
  Bradley Smith
Yamaha YZF-R1 1st
2016   Yamaha Factory Racing Team   Pol Espargaró
  Alex Lowes
Yamaha YZF-R1 1st
2017   Yamaha Factory Racing Team   Alex Lowes
  Michael van der Mark
Yamaha YZF-R1 1st
2018   Yamaha Factory Racing Team   Alex Lowes
  Michael van der Mark
Yamaha YZF-R1 1st
2019   Yamaha Factory Racing Team   Alex Lowes
  Michael van der Mark
Yamaha YZF-R1 2nd

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Yamaha team rider profile Retrieved 13 April 2012. (in Japanese)

External linksEdit

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Leon Haslam
Takumi Takahashi
Michael van der Mark
Suzuka 8 Hours
Winner

2015–2018
With: Pol Espargaró (2015–2016)
Bradley Smith (2015)
Alex Lowes (2016–2019)
Michael van der Mark (2017-2019)
Succeeded by
Incumbent