Takaaki Nakagami

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Full Name : Takaaki Nakagami

Country : Japan 🇯🇵

Career Statistics

Races : 22 | Poles : 6 | Wins : 2



Takaaki Nakagami’s journey in motorcycle racing began in the Japanese Road Race GP125 championship, where he made an immediate impact by winning every race of the 2006 season, clinching the championship and earning the title of the youngest-ever champion in the series.

Transitioning to Europe in 2007 with MotoGP’s Red Bull-backed youth setup, Nakagami showcased his talent in the CEV 125GP championship and made his world championship debut as a wildcard at the 2007 125cc Valencia finale. In the following years, he continued to progress, securing points finishes and podiums in the CEV championship before making his full-time debut in the world championship in 2008 with I.C. Team.

After gaining valuable experience in the world championship, Nakagami moved to the Japanese ST600 championship in 2010, clinching victory at the prestigious Suzuka 8 Hours race on his debut. His success continued as he transitioned to the J-GP2 class, winning five out of six races in the season.

In 2012, Nakagami moved up to Moto2 with Italtrans Racing, where he found the transition smoother than his 125cc days, securing multiple points finishes. His breakthrough came in 2013 with Idemitsu Honda Team Asia, where he achieved his first podium in the season opener at Qatar and finished the year with a series of strong performances, including pole positions and podiums.

Despite facing setbacks in 2014, Nakagami bounced back in 2015 with consistent performances, including a podium at Misano, finishing the season in eighth place. The following years saw Nakagami steadily climb the ranks in Moto2, securing wins and podiums, and becoming a title contender in 2016 and 2017.

Nakagami made his MotoGP debut with LCR Honda in 2018, showing promise with solid performances and securing his best finish of the season at the Valencia finale. In his second season, Nakagami continued to impress with consistent top-ten finishes, establishing himself as the leading Honda rider.

In 2020, Nakagami faced challenges due to a shoulder injury but showcased his resilience with strong performances, finishing as the leading Honda rider in tenth place. However, missed podium opportunities due to mistakes hindered his progress.

Despite upgrading to the latest Honda machinery in 2021, Nakagami faced setbacks and finished 15th in the world championship. In 2022, technical issues and injuries further complicated his season, but Nakagami demonstrated determination by returning to the track after recovering from tendon injuries.

Despite facing competition for his seat, Nakagami secured his place with LCR Honda for the 2023 season, showing his commitment to continue his journey in MotoGP.