MotoGP
25 Mar
Next event in
57 days
R
Doha GP
02 Apr
Next event in
65 days
R
Portugal GP
16 Apr
Next event in
79 days
R
Spanish GP
29 Apr
Next event in
92 days
R
French GP
13 May
Next event in
106 days
R
Italian GP
27 May
Next event in
120 days
R
Catalan GP
03 Jun
Next event in
127 days
R
German GP
17 Jun
Next event in
141 days
R
Dutch GP
24 Jun
Next event in
148 days
R
Finnish GP
08 Jul
Next event in
162 days
R
Austrian GP
12 Aug
Next event in
197 days
R
British GP
26 Aug
Next event in
211 days
R
Aragon GP
09 Sep
Next event in
225 days
R
San Marino GP
16 Sep
Next event in
232 days
R
Japanese GP
30 Sep
Next event in
246 days
R
Thailand GP
07 Oct
Next event in
253 days
R
Australian GP
21 Oct
Next event in
267 days
R
Malaysian GP
28 Oct
Next event in
274 days
R
Valencia GP
11 Nov
Next event in
288 days
MotoGP 2018
Topic

MotoGP 2018

Nakagami gets ex-Pedrosa crew chief for 2018

shares
comments
Nakagami gets ex-Pedrosa crew chief for 2018
By:
Co-author: Oriol Puigdemont

Dani Pedrosa’s former crew chief Ramon Aurin is set to work with MotoGP rookie Takaaki Nakagami at the LCR Honda team next season.

Takaaki Nakagami, Idemitsu Honda Team Asia
Jack Miller, Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS and Ramon Aurin
Cal Crutchlow, Team LCR Honda
Takaaki Nakagami, Idemitsu Honda Team Asia
Takaaki Nakagami, Idemitsu Honda Team Asia
Takaaki Nakagami, Idemitsu Honda Team Asia
Joan Mir, Leopard Racing, Aleix Espargaro, Aprilia Racing Team Gresini, Andrea Dovizioso, Ducati Team, Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team, Maverick Viñales, Yamaha Factory Racing, Takaaki Nakagami, Idemitsu Honda Team Asia

Long-time Honda man Aurin, 52, has worked with Jack Miller at the Marc VDS squad this season after being replaced by Giacomo Guidotti as Pedrosa’s crew chief at the works Honda outfit.

But with Miller switching to Pramac Ducati next season, Aurin - who has also worked for Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden in the past - will be reassigned to the LCR team to work with newcomer Nakagami.

Two-time Moto2 race winner Nakagami was confirmed as LCR’s second rider alongside Cal Crutchlow in August, and will be the first Japanese full-timer in the premier class since Hiroshi Aoyama in 2014.

He is likely to be riding a 2017-spec Honda, although this has yet to be confirmed by the Japanese manufacturer.

“HRC will decide which bike [2017 or 2018]," said Nakagami. "But I don’t care which bike, because I don’t have experience of a MotoGP bike.

“Maybe I don’t understand [the difference between] a ’17 bike or an ’18 bike.”

Nakagami had his first taste of the RC213V last December in a private three-day test at Jerez, and said the experience made him believe a MotoGP bike will suit him better than Moto2 machinery.

“It was incredible,” he recalled of the test. “It was the best three days for me. Always I want to ride a MotoGP bike, and on those three days I did it.

“It was a fantastic feeling – incredible power, incredible grip on the tyre, the electronics were incredible. The speed was impressive.”

The 25-year-old, who will join LCR for the post-Valencia test this month, added that adapting to MotoGP electronics would be the most challenging aspect of his move up to the top class.

“I never feel the electronics on the bike, only in the Suzuka 8 Hours [which he won in 2010] I felt what the electronics [do],” he said.

“The Suzuka 8 Hour bike was quite competitive and I was feeling good. But the 8 Hour bike and the MotoGP bike are completely different.

“I can’t say much at the moment. Maybe I test at Valencia and then I feel completely different.”

Van der Mark keen on Yamaha MotoGP testing role

Previous article

Van der Mark keen on Yamaha MotoGP testing role

Next article

Van der Mark gets second MotoGP chance at Valencia

Van der Mark gets second MotoGP chance at Valencia
Load comments

About this article

Series MotoGP
Drivers Takaaki Nakagami
Teams Team LCR
Author Jamie Klein