Early surgery prepares Japanese ace for 2020 campaign.
LCR Honda’s Takaaki Nakagami has undergone successful surgery on his injured right shoulder, the Japanese ace missing the final three rounds of the year in order to be fit for the 2020 season.
Nakagami was operated on by doctor Hiroyuki Sugaya at the Funabashi Orthopedic Surgical Hospital on Tuesday, where the surgeon was pleased with the outcome of the procedure.
“Yesterday I had surgery and it was successful,” said Nakagami. “I’m really grateful for doctor Sugaya. I’ll start physiotherapy when I can and will hopefully be fit and well as soon as possible.
“I want to thank Idemitsu, HRC and LCR for understanding my decision and for giving me their support. I can’t wait to be back for the Sepang test.”
Nakagami is currently being replaced Johann Zarco after he was released from his contract with Red Bull KTM Factory Racing. The Frenchman placed 13th on debut aboard the Honda last weekend in Australia.