|Takaaki Nakagami Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 9 in|
|Date of Birth||February 9, 1992|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
Takaaki Nakagami is a Japanese professional motorcycle racer who began competing in the premier MotoGP tier in 2018 after putting in a series of impressive performances in the preceding feeder Moto2 World Championship between 2011 and 2017. He had previously won the Japanese Road Race Championship twice – in the 125cc class in 2006 and the J-GP2 class in 2012. He had also competed in the Suzuka 8 Hours endurance race twice – winning the title in 2010 and finishing as a runner-up in 2018.
Chiba Prefecture, Kantō, Honshu, Japan
Professional Motorcycle Racer
- 98 (2007)
- 73 (2008-2009)
- 30 (2011-Present)
- Red Bull MotoGP Academy (2007) (125cc)
- I.C. Team (2008) (125cc)
- Ongetta Team I.S.P.A. (2009) (125cc)
- Italtrans Racing Team (2011-2013) (Moto2)
- Idemitsu Honda Team Asia (2014-2017) (Moto2)
- LCR Honda (2018) (MotoGP)
- LCR Honda Idemitsu (2019-Present) (MotoGP)
5 ft 9 in or 175 cm
68 kg or 150 lbs
Race / Ethnicity
He is of Japanese descent.
- Toned physique
- Short-cropped hair
- Affable smile
- Clean-shaven look
Takaaki Nakagami Facts
- He had started his motorcycle racing career in 2005, at the age of just 13 when he had participated in the Japanese Road Race Championship in the GP125 category. He had competed with the Harc-Pro Honda Team and had ended up a creditable 13th overall in his rookie year. The following year, he took everyone by surprise when he won every race in the season and became the youngest ever champion in the competition’s history, in the 125cc class.
- After this success, he had traveled to Europe to hone his skills further and participate in the 125cc World Championship. After competing there from 2007 to 2009, he had returned for a short stint in Japan which mostly ran in parallel with his commitments in Europe. He had continued to participate with the Harc-Pro Honda Team in the Japanese Road Race Championship, but in 2012, had entered the J-GP2 class. He won 5 of the 6 races that season and had clinched the championship despite being unable to compete in the Okayama round due to the injuries he had sustained while substituting at the Moto2 World Championship for the Italtrans Racing Team.
- At the 2013 Moto2 World Championship, he had a string of unlucky races as he finished 2nd in 4 consecutive rounds (Indianapolis GP, Czech Republic GP, British GP, and San Marino and Rimini’s Coast GP). He had to wait for 3 more years to secure his maiden race win in this category and this drought finally ended when he won the 2016 Dutch TT.
- In the 2019 MotoGP World Championship, he had finished with 74 points (13th place) which was more than double the points that he had won in 2018, his rookie season. This was despite the fact that he had missed the last 3 races of the 2019 season after he had chosen to undergo surgery to repair his damaged shoulder that was the result of a heavy crash earlier in the season.
- At the Teruel Grand Prix, in the 2019 MotoGP World Championship, he had qualified on pole position which was the first pole position for a Japanese racer in the competition in almost 16 years.
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