It will be a special event for him, in that he'll be racing in front of his home crowd this weekend. Takaaki Nakagami has high hopes and an additional reason to be positive, in that his contract with team LCR has today been extended for another year.
The Japanese rider will therefore be back on the Honda alongside Cal Crutchlow in 2019: “I could not ask for more in my debut season in the premier class, so I am very happy to continue with Lucio and his crew. A big thank you goes to Honda HRC for believing in my skills and providing a competitive technical package. I can’t wait to start the new season but at the same time I am very focused on the last races of this 2018 championship”.
Cecchinello had no doubts about retaining the young Chiba native: “Debuting in the MotoGP class is not an easy transition for a rider because the level is extremely high but Nakagami has demonstrated very remarkable skills and a will to learn. We are therefore pleased to continue our journey together”.