Takaaki Nakagami has ruled out a move to Honda's factory team in the 2024 season, which is being vacated by Spaniard Marc Marquez. The Japanese is competing in the MotoGP class for the sixth season, but he has never ridden for a team other than LCR, and this is clearly not going to change in the near future. "I've known how a Honda motorcycle works for six years and how it's changed over the years," he said. "The chances of a transfer are almost zero percent, because I am very happy with the team, and besides, Idemitsu is our main sponsor. So this is a kind of Idemitsu project and I would like to stay in this team." "I would like to continue to help with the development and I hope that Honda will pay more attention to the racers, not only the factory ones, but also us in the LCR team. It would be good if we could have more responsibilities and be able to help more."
According to the Motosport.com portal, Jack Miller is in serious talks with the LCR team regarding re-engagement next season. The Australian has already competed for the team in his inaugural season in the elite class in 2015. A year later, he transferred to the Marc VDS team before moving to Pramac Ducati in the 2018 season. Due to good results at Pramac, in 2021 he was offered a chance in the Ducati factory team. After two seasons, however, his time here seems to be running out. Already in Austin, he confided to reporters that there had been no talks between him and Ducati about a common future. In the event that the Australian leaves the team from Bologna, his place will be taken by either Jorge Martin or the current leader in scoring, Enea Bastianini. Miller is supposed to be
Takaaki Nakagami was the fastest racer of the third free practice in Jerez, marked by the ugly fall of Marco Marquez, who returned a few weeks ago after a nine-month absence due to injury. Marquez broke his right arm in Jerez last July, and needed three surgeries and a few months of recovery due to an injury. The Honda racer fell in the final minutes of training in the seventh turn. The fall, which included a collision with a protective fence, visibly shocked the eight-time world champion, but he was able to pick himself up and return to the pits without visible injuries, which was also confirmed by a medical examination at the medical center of the racetrack. The Spaniard finished the training in twelfth place, as he failed to improve his time, so today he will compete in the first qualifiers with his rivals.
Cal Crutchlow has signed a contract with Honda until the end of the 2019 season, making him the first MotoGP racer to have a working contract for the 2019 season. however, it will continue to do its best to help develop Honda's factory motorcycles. “We appreciate their work, so we decided to confirm the continuation of our collaboration and upgrade it by offering Cal a contract directly with Honda,” said Tetsuhiro Kuvata, general manager of Honda’s racing department. Crutchlow said on the occasion that he is confident that together they will achieve even more good results. Although he said in Barcelona that he also has offers from factory teams, he has now explained that there is no reason why he should not