Nakasuga gets Yamaha wildcard entry for Motegi

Yamaha MotoGP test rider Katsuyuki Nakasuga will make his sixth successive appearance at Motegi in this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix.

Nakasuga gets Yamaha wildcard entry for Motegi
Katsuyuki Nakasuga, Yamaha Factory Racing
Winners #21 Yamaha Factory Racing Team: Katsuyuki Nakasuga, Alex Lowes, Michael Van Der Mark
Katsuyuki Nakasuga, Yamaha Factory Racing
Katsuyuki Nakasuga, Yamaha Factory Racing
#21 Yamaha Factory Racing Team: Katsuyuki Nakasuga, Alex Lowes, Michael Van Der Mark

Nakasuga, 36, has seven premier class starts to his name, having been handed wildcards with Yamaha each year for his home race since 2012.

In that time, his best result has been an eighth place in 2015, although he did score a podium while deputising for an injured Ben Spies at the works Yamaha team at Valencia in 2012.

With Hiroshi Aoyama deputising for an injured Jack Miller at Marc VDS Honda, it means there will be two Japanese riders on the Motegi grid.

Nakasuga's main engagement for 2017 is the All-Japan Superbike series, where he lies seventh in the points with three wins to his name.

Suzuki rider Takuya Tsuda holds a six-point lead over Honda's Takumi Takahashi at the head of the standings ahead of next month's Suzuka finale.

 

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