Until now, Honda still had a free seat available in MotoGP for next year, although there was no doubt about who would occupy it. On the eve of the Teruel GP, the renewal of Takaaki Nakagami with HRC has arrived for 2021 and beyond has been officially announced. The press release, in fact, speaks of a multi-year contract, even if it does not specify its duration.
The Japanese rider will continue to race for Lucio Cecchinello's LCR team, where he will be joined by Alex Marquez.
"I’m very happy to be able to continue racing for LCR Honda IDEMITSU in 2021 and beyond - said the Japanese rider - I’m grateful to Honda for their generous support, allowing me to bring out my full potential this season. I will be doing my best to gain solid results for the remaining races, and build on that momentum next year. I’m aiming higher with Honda."
Tetsuhiro Kuwata, HRC Director, said: "I am very pleased that we can continue to battle with Takaaki Nakagami in the MotoGP class next season onwards. I am truly grateful to the fans and IDEMITSU who have supported his career to date. This season, Nakagami’s performance has been solid, finishing within the points in every race, and is currently fifth. His presence in the MotoGP class is on the rise, and we look forward to his performance in the remaining races. He will be joined by Alex Marquez from next year, and I hope the two teammates will be able to bring out the best in each other, and bring the team better results than ever before."