Takaaki Nakagami To Move Up To MotoGP On A Production Honda?

The number of riders moving up to MotoGP from Moto2 continues to grow. Pol Espargaro is confirmed at Tech 3, while Scott Redding is expected to announce a move at Silverstone, almost certainly to the Gresini team aboard a Honda production racer. The championship-leading duo looks set to be joined next year by Takaaki Nakagami, the Japanese rider currently riding for the Italtrans Moto2 team.

According to respected Spanish magazine Motociclismo, Nakagami will move up with Tady Okada's Honda Team Asia structure. Okada's ties to Honda mean that Nakagami will be riding a Honda production racer, the same bike to be fielded by both the Cardion AB team for Karel Abraham, and at Gresini for Scott Redding. Nakagami has been the revelation of this season, the Japanese rider securing six front row starts and two podiums, one at Qatar and one at the last race in Indianapolis. Nakagami has been a frequent race leader, though his weakness is that he fades in the latter stages.

There is no doubt that having Nakagami in MotoGP would please series organizer Dorna. There has been a dearth of Japanese talent in the series, and former 250cc world champion Hiroshi Aoyama has never regained the speed he lost after his crash at Silverstone in 2010, in which he fractured a vertebra. Nakagami is younger, and turning into a real crowd pleaser.

Nakagami's move, should it happen, would likely sound the end of Aoyama's time in MotoGP, but it would also leave Yuki Takahashi out in the cold. Takahashi is currently riding the Moriwaki Moto2 bike for IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia, the outfit set to move up to accommodate Nakagami. Takahashi has had a couple of disappointing seasons in Moto2, first with Gresini and now with Honda Team Asia.

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at least Nakagami is an extremely talented rider.
I just worry Redding and Nakagami are gonna jump on these production bikes and just not be competitive then fade into oblivion. I wish they could get REAL satellite machinery. But then again maybe the production racer really will be a good bike...

I think we'll know soon enough, when is Stoner's next test scheduled? He probably will give a good idea of what the production racer's gonna be like.

Also, I like Nakagami and more bikes on the grid is a good thing. Also pleased to see Honda seem to be able to actually sell the things.

I hope you're right. But like someone else said, it will be a downer if the finishing order is Honda>Yamaha>Sat Honda>Sat Yam>Ducati>Sat Ducati>Non-MSMA/Aprilia>Whatever else is left... though thats not too far off what we have now anyway.

I think I romanticize the 2008 season a bit too much, full grid, strictly prototype machinery

Stoner will make the bike look a lot faster than it really is, just like he did on the Ducati. ;) At least Honda will listen to him when he tells them what's wrong with it.

Looks like the GP Commission has just altered the entry requirements - again - allowing factories to lease as many non-MSMA prototypes as they want to.

Maybe that whole Forward "Yamaha-engined, build your own frame, no never mind that we'll give you a frame" lease nonsense was because they knew this rule change was coming.

So we'll have prototypes, satellite bikes, non-factory prototypes with standard gearboxes and spec electronics, a Honda production racer built to the one million Euro (or so) mark, the Aprilia running under Aprilia-only rules, and the remainder of the CRTs on the grid.

I wonder if the finishing order of every GP will just be a list of those varying specs. And I wonder how Honda feels, having complied with Dorna's request to build a reasonably-priced proddie racer, and then having this happen.

David,

Any idea what Avintia, PBM and Ioda are going to do as far as their bikes for next year goes?

Ioda is the most suspect of the three right now. With BMW pulling out of WSB and also rejecting the possibility of supplying WSB spec motors to privateer teams, Ioda seem to me the team on most shaky grounds. The Suter chassis is also showing no signs of progress which is compounded by Ioda not spending a lot on chassis development. As far as i know, they haven't had any updates to the chassis or the swingarm since the season start....

MCN reported that PBM might go with in-house GPMS built chassis for both the bikes.....If so would they get the pneumatic valve motors from Aprilia or the same spec motors as they are using now?

Finally, are Avintia all set to use the Penumatic valve head Kawa ZX10R motor in the FTR frames?

Even with as little contract and factory ride swaps that we have for 2014, there sure is a lot of other interesting stuff going on! I just hope all of this mixes up the oil and water a bit and creates some surprising outcomes next year! I am certainly intrigued about the possibilities.

between the best of the CRT`S and the slower MMSA`S allready for these semi prototypes to fit into. I wonder if we are heading to another era with some very slow bike rider combinations such as the late 80`s early 90`s e.g lapped 2--3 times on 3-4 year old RS Hondas. Or will the old CRT bikes just end up in a shed for the next 25 years
Beamer12

P.S perhaps Stoner will ride a proddy racer at Valencia to set a bench mark for next years customers??

As noted above, there is a real risk that the bikes will habitually qualify and finish in machine order..... Until the rain comes!

I'm sure the Honda proddie bike will be a good bike to spend a rookie season on, and that the likes of Redding and others who have proven their worth in Moto2 will be able to negotiate deals where they spend a year on that en route to a higher spec ride in year 2, but I agree that it will be hard for a developing talent to prove their worth on such a bike. That said, I think Aleix Espagaro managed to be the stand out guy in the CRT class. Even if his bike is clearly quicker than 'similar' ART machines, he's outperformed RDP all year and has surely got him on the radar of top teams.

Another thing I'd really hope to see is an arrangement where the proddie racers such as Redding get to run factory bikes if their regular riders are out injured.

But as far as being on the radar? His brother ends up at Tech 3 & no other satellite bikes are offered to him. A meritocracy this isn't. Sadly

I think this would be a bad move for him. He's clearly fast and a very promising rider for the future but it's only a couple of races since everyone was saying he needs to learn to keep it rubber side down. He should stay in Moto2 for at least another year to learn and work on his race craft.