Nagashima to replace Nakagami at Thai GP

Injury has gotten the better of the full-time LCR honda rider, with Nagashima set for a second consecutive appearance

After Sunday’s Japanese GP race, Takaaki Nakagami consulted with a specialist in Japan, and after a scan on Tuesday morning has been diagnosed with a torn tendon in his little finger. The Japanese rider will undergo further surgery on Friday and hopes to return for the Australian GP, pending further evaluation.

Tetsuta Nagashima: "First of all, I wish Taka well and I hope that he can come back as soon as possible. I will try to do my best in his place for the LCR Honda IDEMITSU Team and I will try to enjoy the racing.

"I’m looking forward to this weekend’s event. I really had a lot of fun at the JapaneseGP, and I learned quite a lot. So, this weekend, I want to continue to do the same because I still have to learn a lot of things with the MotoGP bike."

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