Takaaki Nakagami

Takaaki Nakagami (中上 貴晶, Nakagami Takaaki, born February 9, 1992) is a Grand Prix motorcycle racer from Japan, who currenty rides for LCR Honda Idemitsu. He won the Japanese Road Race Championship 125cc class in 2006 and J-GP2 class in 2011.

Takaaki Nakagami
Takaaki Nakagami Sachsenring 2018.jpg
Nakagami at the 2018 German Grand Prix
NationalityJapanese
Born (1992-02-09) February 9, 1992 (age 28)
Chiba, Japan
Current teamLCR Honda Idemitsu
Bike number30
Motorcycle racing career statistics
MotoGP World Championship
Active years2018
ManufacturersHonda
Championships0
2020 championship position10th (116 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
48 0 0 1 0 223
Moto2 World Championship
Active years20112017
ManufacturersSuter (2011)
Kalex (20122017)
Championships0
2017 championship position7th (137 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
105 2 14 5 1 646
125cc World Championship
Active years20072009
ManufacturersHonda (2007)
Aprilia (20082009)
Championships0
2009 championship position16th (43 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
34 0 0 0 0 55

CareerEdit

Early careerEdit

Born in Chiba, Nakagami joined the Japanese Road Race Championship in the GP125 category in 2005 joining the Harc-Pro Honda Team finishing 13th as a rookie in the series. He stayed in the Japanese 125cc championship for 2006 with Harc-Pro again, winning every race of the season; becoming the youngest-ever Japanese 125cc champion. Also in 2006, Nakagami joined the MotoGP Academy which gave him the chance to compete overseas for the first time in the Spanish CEV 125cc series. Nakagami finished in 12th position of the championship. His best result came in the second round at Jerez, finishing in 5th place.

He decided to focus on the CEV 125cc championship in 2007 with the MotoGP Academy. Nakagami's results improved in 2007, and he finished in 6th place overall with a 3rd place finish at Valencia as his best result. Nakagami also received his first 125cc World Championship wildcard entry at the final round of the season in Valencia, qualifying in 20th position but failing to finish the race.

He impressed enough to secure a full-time ride in the 125cc World Championship for 2008, joining the Italian I.C. Team riding an Aprilia, he finished the season in 24th overall with a best finish of 8th place at Donington Park. For 2009, Nakagami joined another Italian team, Ongetta I.S.P.A., again on an Aprilia RS125. He improved his overall performance, finishing 16th overall with his best results being two 5th places at a wet Le Mans and at Donington Park.

Despite having offers to remain in the 125cc championship in 2010, Nakagami decided to return to Japan and rejoin the Harc-Pro team, He won the Suzuka 8 Hours in 2010 and competing the Japanese ST600 championship aboard a Honda. Nakagami won the first race of the season at Tsukuba. He went on to finish 8th overall. He remained with Harc-Pro in 2012, but changed classes and entered the J-GP2 class aboard a Honda HP6. Nakagami won 5 of the 6 races during the season and the championship, despite not competing in the Okayama round due to injuries sustained when he was substituting at the Motegi Moto2 World Championship round for the Italtrans Racing Team.

Moto2 World ChampionshipEdit

Nakagami did enough during his substitute display to earn a full-time ride for the Italtrans Racing Team in the 2012 Moto2 World Championship riding a Kalex with a Honda CBR600 engine. He finished his rookie season 15th in the standings with a best result of 5th at Jerez. For 2013, Nakagami remained in Moto2 with Italtrans aboard a Kalex. At the opening round at Losail, Nakagami achieved his first podium in Grand Prix racing with a 3rd-place finish. At Le Mans, Nakagami earned his first pole position in Grand Prix racing. Nakagami achieved his second career Grand Prix podium with a second-place finish behind Esteve Rabat at Indianapolis; he led most of the race but was passed in the closing laps and finished less than a second from victory. He took his second pole of the season at the Czech Grand Prix, at Brno; he went on to take his second successive second-place finish, behind Mika Kallio. He once again took pole at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone and again finished second, this time behind Championship leader and home rider Scott Redding. At Misano, Nakagami finished second for the fourth race in a row; he led the majority of the race before he was passed by Pol Espargaró in the closing laps. He finished the season 8th overall with 149 points.

For 2014 he signed to ride for Tadayuki Okada's team, Idemitsu Honda Team Asia. A positive start to the season with a second-place finish at Qatar was denied as he was disqualified for technical reasons. Nakagami struggled for the rest of the year with bike set-up, and finished the season in 22nd position. Despite the struggles of 2014, Nakagami remained with Honda Team Asia for 2015. He managed to improve and finished on the podium in Misano, ultimately matching his 2013 result of 8th overall with 100 points.

In 2016, he scored his first victory in Assen. He collected three third-place finishes and eight top-5 finished to end the season 6th in points, his overall best finish in the Moto2 class. Continuing with Honda Team Asia in 2017, he won at Silverstone and claimed three third-place finishes, and ranked 7th in points.

MotoGP World ChampionshipEdit

Nakagami moved up to MotoGP in 2018, signing with LCR Team to ride a year-old Honda remaining with Idemitsu sponsorship.[1] With regular finishes in the low point-scoring positions, he completed his rookie season with 33 points in 20th position.

In October 2018 it was confirmed that Nakagami would remain at LCR Honda on a 2018-spec machine for the 2019 MotoGP season beside teammate Cal Crutchlow.[2] In the first half of the season he regularly achieved top 10 finishes, but a heavy crash at the Dutch TT and a subsequent shoulder injury led to a drop in form. He elected to prematurely end his season after his home Grand Prix to undergo surgery to repair his damaged shoulder and recover before the 2020 season.[3] He was replaced for the final three rounds by KTM-exile Johann Zarco.[4] Nakagami ultimately finished the season in 13th position with 74 points, more than doubling his rookie season.

In mid-October 2019, LCR Honda confirmed Nakagami would remain with the team for another season on year-old machinery in 2020.[5] After opening round crashes and subsequent injuries for teammate Crutchlow and Honda factory rider Marc Márquez, Nakagami quickly emerged as Honda's top rider in the first half of the season, finishing as the top Honda rider (always within the top 10) and scoring all manufacturer's championship points for the marque in the first eight rounds. At the Teruel Grand Prix, Nakagami qualified on pole position, the first pole for a Japanese rider in nearly 16 years.[6]

In October 2020, based on his strong early season performances, Honda and LCR announced that Nakagami would remain with the team at least until the end of 2022 (his first multi-year contract in the MotoGP class) and would receive factory-spec machinery from 2021.[7]

Career statisticsEdit

Grand Prix motorcycle racingEdit

By seasonEdit

Season Class Motorcycle Team Number Race Win Podium Pole FLap Pts Plcd
2007 125cc Honda RS125R Red Bull MotoGP Academy 98 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC
2008 125cc Aprilia RS125 I.C. Team 73 17 0 0 0 0 12 24th
2009 125cc Aprilia RS125 Ongetta Team I.S.P.A. 73 16 0 0 0 0 43 16th
2011 Moto2 Suter MMXI Italtrans Racing Team 30 0 0 0 0 0 0 NC
2012 Moto2 Kalex Moto2 Italtrans Racing Team 30 17 0 0 0 0 57 15th
2013 Moto2 Kalex Moto2 Italtrans Racing Team 30 16 0 5 3 0 149 8th
2014 Moto2 Kalex Moto2 Idemitsu Honda Team Asia 30 18 0 0 0 0 34 22nd
2015 Moto2 Kalex Moto2 Idemitsu Honda Team Asia 30 18 0 1 0 0 100 8th
2016 Moto2 Kalex Moto2 Idemitsu Honda Team Asia 30 18 1 4 1 1 169 6th
2017 Moto2 Kalex Moto2 Idemitsu Honda Team Asia 30 18 1 4 1 0 137 7th
2018 MotoGP Honda RC213V LCR Honda 30 18 0 0 0 0 33 20th
2019 MotoGP Honda RC213V LCR Honda Idemitsu 30 16 0 0 0 0 74 13th
2020 MotoGP Honda RC213V LCR Honda Idemitsu 30 14 0 0 1 0 116 10th
Total 187 2 14 6 1 924

By classEdit

Class Seasons 1st GP 1st Pod 1st Win Race Win Podium Pole FLap Pts WChmp
125cc 2007–2009 2007 Valencia 34 0 0 0 0 55 0
Moto2 2011–2017 2011 Japan 2013 Qatar 2016 Netherlands 105 2 14 5 1 646 0
MotoGP 2018–present 2018 Qatar 48 0 0 1 0 223 0
Total 2007–Present 187 2 14 6 1 924 0

Races by yearEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Class Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Pos Pts
2007 125cc Honda QAT SPA TUR CHN FRA ITA CAT GBR NED GER CZE SMR POR JPN AUS MAL VAL
Ret
NC 0
2008 125cc Aprilia QAT
19
SPA
15
POR
19
CHN
Ret
FRA
16
ITA
16
CAT
22
GBR
8
NED
Ret
GER
18
CZE
Ret
RSM
19
IND
Ret
JPN
13
AUS
Ret
MAL
Ret
VAL
16
24th 12
2009 125cc Aprilia QAT
20
JPN
20
SPA
16
FRA
5
ITA
15
CAT
15
NED
17
GER
Ret
GBR
5
CZE
19
IND
9
RSM
20
POR
11
AUS
18
MAL
11
VAL
14
16th 43
2011 Moto2 Suter QAT SPA POR FRA CAT GBR NED ITA GER CZE IND RSM ARA JPN
DNS
AUS MAL VAL NC 0
2012 Moto2 Kalex QAT
14
SPA
5
POR
18
FRA
Ret
CAT
6
GBR
19
NED
12
GER
19
ITA
7
IND
16
CZE
17
RSM
11
ARA
29
JPN
7
MAL
Ret
AUS
9
VAL
Ret
15th 57
2013 Moto2 Kalex QAT
3
AME
Ret
SPA
4
FRA
Ret
ITA
Ret
CAT
5
NED
DNS
GER
10
IND
2
CZE
2
GBR
2
RSM
2
ARA
11
MAL
8
AUS
22
JPN
9
VAL
13
8th 149
2014 Moto2 Kalex QAT
DSQ
AME
11
ARG
15
SPA
Ret
FRA
16
ITA
16
CAT
13
NED
14
GER
21
IND
11
CZE
19
GBR
15
RSM
10
ARA
15
JPN
13
AUS
11
MAL
Ret
VAL
14
22nd 34
2015 Moto2 Kalex QAT
14
AME
10
ARG
20
SPA
17
FRA
7
ITA
13
CAT
20
NED
13
GER
7
IND
9
CZE
12
GBR
14
RSM
3
ARA
8
JPN
22
AUS
4
MAL
4
VAL
11
8th 100
2016 Moto2 Kalex QAT
14
ARG
9
AME
15
SPA
7
FRA
5
ITA
9
CAT
3
NED
1
GER
11
AUT
7
CZE
Ret
GBR
3
RSM
3
ARA
5
JPN
4
AUS
5
MAL
21
VAL
6
6th 169
2017 Moto2 Kalex QAT
3
ARG
Ret
AME
3
SPA
21
FRA
7
ITA
Ret
CAT
10
NED
3
GER
10
CZE
24
AUT
6
GBR
1
RSM
10
ARA
8
JPN
6
AUS
Ret
MAL
Ret
VAL
7
7th 137
2018 MotoGP Honda QAT
17
ARG
13
AME
14
SPA
12
FRA
15
ITA
18
CAT
Ret
NED
19
GER
Ret
CZE
17
AUT
15
GBR
C
RSM
13
ARA
12
THA
22
JPN
15
AUS
14
MAL
14
VAL
6
20th 33
2019 MotoGP Honda QAT
9
ARG
7
AME
10
SPA
9
FRA
Ret
ITA
5
CAT
8
NED
Ret
GER
14
CZE
9
AUT
11
GBR
17
RSM
18
ARA
10
THA
10
JPN
16
AUS MAL VAL 13th 74
2020 MotoGP Honda SPA
10
ANC
4
CZE
8
AUT
6
STY
7
RSM
9
EMI
6
CAT
7
FRA
7
ARA
5
TER
Ret
EUR
4
VAL
Ret
POR
5
10th 116

Suzuka 8 Hours resultsEdit

Year Team Co-Riders Bike Pos
2010   MuSASHi RT HARC-PRO   Ryuichi Kiyonari
  Takumi Takahashi
CBR1000RRW 1st
2018   Red Bull Honda with Japan Post   PJ Jacobsen
  Takumi Takahashi
CBR1000RRW 2nd

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Nakagami signs one-year extension with HRC". MotoGP.com. Dorna Sports. 17 August 2017. Retrieved 25 October 2020.
  2. ^ Klein, Jamie (16 October 2018). "LCR Honda keeps Takaaki Nakagami for 2019 MotoGP season". Autosport.com. Retrieved 22 October 2018.
  3. ^ Klein, Jamie (30 October 2019). "Nakagami undergoes successful shoulder surgery". www.motorsport.com. Retrieved 25 October 2020.
  4. ^ "Zarco to replace Nakagami for final three rounds of 2019". MotoGP.com. Dorna Sports. Retrieved 25 October 2020.
  5. ^ "Nakagami signs one-year extension with HRC". MotoGP.com. Dorna Sports. 15 October 2020. Retrieved 25 October 2020.
  6. ^ Duncan, Lewis (24 October 2020). "Teruel MotoGP: Nakagami takes maiden pole, Mir only 12th". www.motorsport.com. Retrieved 25 October 2020.
  7. ^ Duncan, Lewis (22 October 2020). "Nakagami to get factory-spec Honda MotoGP bike in 2021". Autosport.com. Retrieved 25 October 2020.

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