Last Lap’s team previews continue ahead of the MotoGP season opener in Qatar this weekend, looking at LCR Honda and their 2021 prospects.
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LCR Honda arrives in 2021 sporting an exciting rider line-up. The electrifying Taka Nakagami stays alongside new partner Alex Marquez. Nakagami staying should provide the satellite Honda outfit with stability and consistency, whereas Marquez may need to readjust to working in a smaller team.
Marc’s little brother should not view this as a demotion; it is an opportunity to step out of his brother’s shadow on a bike that he should understand.
For Nakagami, it is all about maintaining consistency and stringing more top-ten finishes where possible. The LCR team are well-organised and are capable of punching above their weight.
Team boss Lucio Cecchinello owns plenty of experience in the paddock, and his two riders are more than capable of springing a surprise.
LCR Honda enter 2021 on the back of a tough campaign as a team last year, finishing eighth in the Teams’ Standings, their first year without a podium since 2014.
With Cal Crutchlow departing at the end of 2020 after six years with LCR, the Italian team takes on the young Alex Marquez, who starts his second year in the premier class. The Spaniard is full of potential in MotoGP, and we got to see sparks of that in his rookie season, with two podiums to his name.
Without the pressure of being in the factory Honda squad, Marquez can develop in the top-class at a steady pace, with one of the most experienced teams on the grid.
Taka Nakagami comes into 2021 after a positive season in 2020, finishing 10th in the Riders’ Standings and having achieved his first pole position in the premier class.
A big difference this year for the Japanese rider is he will rider a factory-spec Honda, meaning he will receive all the developments that the factory Honda squad makes.
2021 looks like it will be a positive year for LCR Honda, their strong rider line-up shows the squad has potential for good results this year, and I think we’ll see exactly that.