Yamaha Confirms Katsuyuki Nakasuga As Wild Card For Japanese GP

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Yamaha Racing has confirmed that Katsuyuki Nakasuga will participate in the 2016 Japanese MotoGP as a wild card entry. He will be seen riding a factory-spec YZR-M1 for the Yamalube Yamaha Factory Racing Team.

The Japanese MotoGP round will be contested on October 6, 2016. This will be the fifth time in a row Nakasuga will ride in MotoGP at Twin Ring Motegi circuit. In 2015, Nakasuga finished in eighth place at his home circuit.

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Nakasuga's best finish in his MotoGP career has to be the 2012 Valencia GP. He finished second in a well-fought battle against seasoned MotoGP riders as a wild card entry. The 2016-season marks the Japanese rider's seventh appearance in MotoGP competition.

Nakasuga was also part of the winning alliance at the 2016 Suzuki 8 Hours Challenge. Nakasuga partnered with Alex Lowes and Pol Espargaro to win Yamaha's sixth title in the endurance race. It was also a back-to-back victory, which was last achieved by Yamaha back in 1988.

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