On the eve of the annual EICMA Motorcycle Exhibition in Milan (8-11 November), the HRC Team announced its rider line-up for the 2019 MotoGP Championship along with fellow HRC motorsport personalities from MXGP, Rally and Trial. Directly from tripleheader stint the LCR Honda IDEMITSU rider Takaaki Nakagami paid a visit to the EICMA Motorcycle Show together with his Team Manager Lucio Cecchinello in the presence of HRC President Yoshishige Nomura and Motorcycle Operations Chief Officer Noriaki Abe. LCR Honda CASTROL rider Cal Crutchlow was supposed to be on the stage with his team mate Nakagami and Marc Marquez but he had to cancel his participation to the Official Presentation due to the injury sustained at the Australian GP.

Takaaki Nakagami: “It’s a great honor for me to be here today, representing one of the HRC official riders for 2019 season line-up. When you are a kid and you decide to dedicate your life to the racing competitions you dream a lot about this moment: being a MotoGP rider for HRC. For this reason I want to thank Honda Motor and HRC for this extraordinary opportunity. And of course LCR Honda IDEMITSU Team for their extraordinary job and support in my debut season in the premier class. I would have loved to share the stage with Cal today so I wish him a very speed recovery.”