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Katsuyuki Nakasuga to Make Wildcard Entry
Grand Prix of Japan, Round 15 of the 2014 FIM MotoGP World Championship
August 1, 2014
Katsuyuki Nakasuga will make a wildcard entry for the third year in a row in the Grand Prix of Japan, Round 15 of the 2014 FIM MotoGP World Championship, to be held at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit in Tochigi Prefecture on October 12, 2014.
Nakasuga is involved in the development of Yamaha's YZR-M1 MotoGP machine and has competed in five MotoGP races, with results including a 2nd-place podium finish at the 18th round of the 2012 season, the Grand Prix of Valencia.
This time he will be entered as a member of the "YAMALUBE Racing Team with YSP" team, whose title sponsor is the global Yamaha Genuine Oil brand, YAMALUBE. The purpose of his entry is to evaluate the results of the YZR-M1's development in actual race conditions.
Nakasuga is a four-time champion of the JSB1000 class of the All Japan Road Race Championships (2008, 2009, 2012, 2013), and he is competing again this year with the aim of winning his first-ever third consecutive title in this class.
Katsuyuki Nakasuga comment
「"I'm glad to be able to compete again this year in my home country's Grand Prix of Japan in the world's pinnacle class of road racing, MotoGP. There's no greater competitive arena for a motorcycle racer like myself. Since I'll be riding the YZR-M1 that I'm involved in developing as a test rider, my participation will naturally involve development evaluation. But, I also want to put in a ‘Katsuyuki Nakasuga' style performance that will live up to the expectations of the fans that have rooted for me. I hope everyone will come to the circuit to cheer me on."