It could not a better moment for the statement, as long as Takaaki Nakagami is about to face his home Grand Prix in Japan before being forced to go under surgery. The Japanese will ride again with LCR Honda next year, alongside Cal Crutchlow, after a positive year where Nakagami showed some good pace and conquered the extension of the contract. Anyway, for the moment it seems that Takaaki would ride with a 2019 Honda and not a 2020 one as requested, but overall he could be satisfied to race again with an expert tealcrm as LCR.
Anyway, as we said some days ago, the Japanese is forced to operate his shoulder, leaving his seat for the last 3 races, with Johann Zarco ready to replace him in Australia, Malaysia and Spain. Nakagami wants to start the 2020 at 100% to show his pace and demonstrate how much he deserves a Factory bike. Plan for the moment is to come back in Sepang for Winter tests in February.
Takaaki expressed his satisfaction: “I am really happy to continue with Honda in Lucio Cecchinello’s Team. It is a shame that after Assen’s crash we decided with the doctors to go with the operation, but I was feeling pain to the shoulder, it was inevitable. I am disappointed to miss the end of the season, but this is the right decision”