MotoGP » Yamaha announces Lorenzo's Sepang replacement

Yamaha offer its test rider Katsuyuki Nakasuga a chance to make his MotoGP debut after being named as the replacement for the recovering Jorge Lorenzo.

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Gen. Maximus - Unregistered

October 19, 2011 12:59 PM

Damn, another good ride wasted on a Japanese test rider who will be 4 seconds of the pace. Why not put a real racer on it. Chaz Davies for example, as a reward for collecting the WSS title (and I'm not even British :-)

.commatt - Unregistered

October 19, 2011 1:09 PM

shame they couldnt have stuck Colin or Cal on the factory bike and stuck the test rider on the Tech3.

i'll be the first to add "i bet rossi wishes he could have had the ride" as no doubt there'll be 300 people banging on about him.

spur - Unregistered

October 19, 2011 1:16 PM

Would've like to have seen Colin given the ride. If nothing else just for being a good soldier for Yamaha. Or as Pedroner said one of the wsbk riders.

Silly! - Unregistered

October 19, 2011 1:28 PM

Both the WSB riders have already tested for their manufacturers next year so I'd assume have been released from their Yamaha contracts, and probably at their own request as well.

That having been said, can see no sense whatsoever in NOT moving one of the Tech 3 riders up to the factory bike for the weekend. Yamaha and Herve have worked together for a long long time so I can't see why it couldn't have been sorted.

PS, Chaz Davies has no connection at all with Yamaha themselves and is riding a Ducati next year anyway!

Keith - Unregistered

October 19, 2011 2:09 PM

This Season must be the biggest anticlimax ever! The sooner the big factories have less say in MotoGP the better, and the racing will improve.

McLarenP - Unregistered

October 19, 2011 2:11 PM

Marco Melandri would have been ideal! He has been in MotoGP after all and along with Eugene Laverty has done a good job for Yamaha in W.S.B. These test riders merely make up the numbers and end up at the back, waste of time as someone has already said.

ktoc9 - Unregistered

October 19, 2011 2:21 PM

Lets look at this guys history..

"2000: 11th in All Japan Championships 250cc class
2001: 20th in All Japan Championships 250cc class
2002: 5th in All Japan Championships 250cc class
2003: 8th in All Japan Championships 250cc class
2004: 5th in All Japan Championships 250cc class
2005: 12th in All Japan Championships JSB1000 class"

"Suzuka 8-hour results:
Has not competed in final (experience entered as the substitute rider) " I dont know what the hell that means..

...Hardly deserving of a GP ride especially when Japan Champs are nothing on WSB/BSB/AMD etc come on Yamaha give some proven riders a chance to impress, stop fishing for a good Jap rider when there's so much talent in Europe

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