Nakasuga gets MotoGP wildcard at Motegi

Yamaha stalwart Katsuyuki Nakasuga will make a wildcard appearance on the MotoGP grid this season in October's Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi.

The 34-year-old veteran will ride a third works M1 machine alongside title protagonists Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi in a special livery to mark the 60th anniversary since Yamaha's inception.

Nakasuga has contested five MotoGP races across the past four seasons, his best result being a shock second place in the wet during the 2012 season finale at Valencia, where he stood in for an injured Ben Spies.

He also leads the Japanese Superbike series for Yamaha, and helped to seal his employer its first Suzuka 8 Hours win since 1996 alongside Tech 3 regulars Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith last month.

"I have my development duties for this year's Grand Prix of Japan, but being able to enter with special livery commemorating Yamaha's 60th anniversary has me even more motivated than usual," said Nakasuga.

"I'll do my best to show Yamaha's strengths and how fast the M1 is together with Rossi and Lorenzo on the world stage, and I hope that I can make it a race to remember for Yamaha in its 60th year."

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Series MotoGP
Event Japanese GP
Track Twin Ring Motegi
Drivers Katsuyuki Nakasuga
Article type Breaking news