Britain’s Cal Crutchlow continues with the LCR Honda Team for a fifth consecutive year, whilst Japan’s Takaaki Nakagami is retained for a second term in Moto GP.
Run by former top 125cc rider Lucio Cecchinello, the team has certainly grown in size & stature since it’s humble beginnings in 1996, when it then consisted of……. two mechanics and a van!
Somewhat rare in multi rider teams today, but due to sponsorship reasons, the RC213V Honda race bikes are run under different names and liveries. Crutchlow’s ‘side of the garage’ being tagged LCR Honda Castrol. whilst Nakagami is run under the mantel of LCR Honda IDEMITSU,
Both riders being contracted direct with the Honda Racing Corporation Factory (HRC) in Japan.
A three time Moto GP race winner, Isle of Man domiciled Crutchlow, became the first British winner in the premier class in 35 years, when he stormed to victory in the wet Czech Republic Grand Prix in 2016, followed up later in the year with a win at Philip Island.
His third win coming last season in Argentina. However his campaign finished prematurely after crashing in Free Practice in Australia and sustaining a complex broken right ankle. Eventually placed 7th overall in the World Championship, but for the injury, coupled with a number of crashes along the way, would certainly have placed much higher.
WSS Champion of 2009, this year will be Cal’s 9th in MotoGP.
His ‘side kick’ Nakagami, progressed from Moto2 last year to finish 2oth overall in his maiden year of MotoGP. It was not an easy transition, but with a highly impressive best finish of 6th in the season ending wet race at Valencia, can look forward to 2019 with every confidence of much improved results.