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Yamaha confirms MotoGP return for wildcard Nakasuga

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Japanese rider Katsuyuki Nakasuga will again represent Yamaha in MotoGP’s Japanese Grand Prix at Twin Ring Motegi.

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Nakasuga, 35, will ride the YZR-M1 bike for the Yamalube Yamaha Factory Racing Team in what will be his seventh MotoGP race and his fifth Japanese Grand Prix.

He finished in the points in all six of his MotoGP runs so far and was even a shock podium finisher in the wet Valencia season finale in 2012.

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Nakasuga has won six Japanese Superbike titles with Yamaha and helped the marque to victories in the Suzuka 8 Hours in 2015 and 2016.

“Last year I improved on my best result at the Grand Prix of Japan when I took a top-10 finish, and I was able to show how much both the YZR-M1 and I had improve,” Nakasuga said.

“I was able to battle with my Suzuka 8 Hour teammates Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith in the race, and this year my goal is to be in a position to battle with those guys again.

“I‘ll again be participating as part of my development duties with the M1, but I look at it as a once-in-a-year chance to give my absolute maximum and test my skills against the world‘s top riders.”

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