Takaaki Nakagami

LCR Honda IDEMITSU Racing Team #30 Japanese

Takaaki Nakagami ( 中上 貴晶 in Japanese!) Born in Chiba on 9th February 1992, is a MotoGP rider from Japan, who will ride for Idemitsu Honda Team Asia.

2005 Season

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.

2006 Season

In 2006 He in competed in the Japanese GP125 championship, winning every race of the season; becoming the youngest ever Japanese GP125 champion.

Nakagami joined the 2006 MotoGP Academy where he competed in the CEV (Spanish) 125GP series, Nakagami finished in 12th position in the championship. His best result a 5th place at Jerez.

2007 Season

He stayed in the CEV 125GP championship with the MotoGP academy, Nakagami's results improved in 2007 and he finished in 6th place overall with a 3rd place finish and his best result in Valencia. 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.

2008 Season

Because of his impressive results he got a full time ride in the 125cc World Championship joining the Italian I.C. Team riding an Aprilia, he finished the season in 24th overall with a best finish 8th place at Donington Park.

2009 Season

Nakagami joined another Italian team, Ongetta I.S.P.A. Aprilia he improved his overall performance finishing 16th overall with a best results of two 5th places at a wet Le Mans and Donington Park.

2010 Season

Despite having offers to remain in the 125cc championship in 2010, Nakagami decided to return to Japan competing the Japanese ST600 championship aboard a Honda.

Moto2 World Championship

Nakagami did enough during his substitute display to earn a full time ride for the Italtrans Racing Team riding a Kalex. Finishing his rookie season 15th in the standings with a best result of 5th at Jerez.

2013 Season

In the opening round at Losail, Nakagami got his first podium in Grand Prix racing with a third. At Le Mans, Nakagami took his first pole position in GP. At Indianapolis Nakagami he took second behind Esteve Rabat, 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 Brno, Czech Republic, 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.

2014 Season

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 down in 22nd position.

2015 Season

He stayed with Idemitsu Honda Team Asia for 2015. But he had a tough year, he managed to improve and finished on the podium in Misano. Nakagami scored 100 points and finished eight in the Championship.

2016 Season

In 2016 he took his first win in Assen at the Dutch GP. With three third finishes at Catalunya, Spain, Silverstone, Britain and San Marino, Italy. Nakagami scored 169 points and finished sixth in the Championship.

2017 Season

He struggled a lot from the start of the season. He improved and by the end of the season. He had eight podiums and two poles. Nakagami won at Silverstone, Britain and came third three times in Qatar, COTA, in Texas, USA and at Assen, Netherlands. He scored 137 points and finished seventh in the Championship.

For 2018 Nakagami has moved up to the premier class, MotoGP, to ride with LCR Honda Idemitsu once more, he says it a great privilege and a great challenge to represent Japan in MotoGP.

- Roland Potter