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084.21 LCR Honda CASTROL Press Release

 ÁLEX MÁRQUEZ UPBEAT AFTER
ENCOURAGING JEREZ TEST19 November 2021 | Jerez TestÁlex Márquez completed a productive two-day test at Jerez as preparations for the 2022 MotoGP season began in earnest. The LCR Honda CASTROL rider got to grips with Honda’s 2022 model and gathered lots of data on the new prototype, clocking up plenty of laps at the last official test session of the year.
 
After a positive end to the 2021 season, the Spaniard used the two days in Andalucia to test out numerous settings, set-ups and parts on both his current RC213v and next year’s bike. He got through 75 laps on Thursday and another 56 on Friday, ending 10th on the timesheets on day two as he dipped into the 1’37s. Álex Márquez – 11th
(1’37.760)
“Second day here in Jerez and we stuck to our schedule for the test. We tried some things on our ’21 bike and we also tried our proto again with some different things. It was a positive day trying different items, unfortunately in the middle of the day – from 11.30 to 2.30 – the conditions were really bad with lots of wind. I want to thank the team for all the work they did in this test and all the year, it was a good last day of school! Now it’s time to rest, time for guys to be with their families. I’m looking forward to being in Malaysia already and I hope with all the information we have got here, we’ll give it to HRC and they’ll have a good plan for the winter.”
 
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085.21 LCR Honda IDEMITSU Press Release

 TAKA SHOWS PROMISE FOR 2022 AT
JEREZ TEST SESSION19 November 2021 | Jerez TestTaka Nakagami signed off for 2021 with an encouraging showing at the last official MotoGP test of the season in Jerez. The LCR Honda IDEMITSU rider demonstrated real potential as he put Honda’s 2022 prototype through its paces, topping the timesheets on the opening day and remaining amongst the pacesetters on the second and final day in southern Spain.
 
Following the final round in Valencia last weekend, Taka and the rest of the premier class headed to the Circuito de Jerez to start preparations for next year. The Japanese star amassed 68 laps as he went fastest on Thursday, before switching between his 2021 RC213v and the new 2022 prototype on Friday as he tried out various settings and parts. He looked strong on both bikes and ended the session in upbeat mood.Takaaki Nakagami – 2nd
(1’37.313)
“It’s been a good two-day test here in Jerez, first day we were able to finish P1 and today was also good and we finished 2nd overall. Today we had a little bit of a different strategy as we tested the new bike and also, after the lunch break, we tried some things on this year’s bike and checked the set-up. (We did) a little bit less laps today compared to yesterday, but had good confidence on the new bike and I’m really happy about this. Now we go into the off season and I want to say thanks again to all my team, they have really worked hard. I’m looking forward to a rest and then getting back for the Sepang test 2022.”
 
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084.21 LCR Honda IDEMITSU Press Release

 TOUGH FINALE FOR TAKA AT VALENCIA14 November 2021 | Valencia GPTakaaki Nakagami was unable to finish the 2021 MotoGP World Championship on a high as he slid out in the early stages on the season-ending Valencia Grand Prix. The LCR Honda IDEMITSU rider had shown good speed all weekend at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo, but couldn’t translate that promise into a positive result in the final round of the year.
 
Having topped FP4 on Saturday, Taka again underlined his pace by going second fastest in Sunday’s warm-up session. In the race itself, he lost places in the drag to the first corner, but fought back strongly to sit 11th at the end of the opening lap. However, as he pushed to pass Valentino Rossi on lap five, he lost the front end of his Honda at turn six.Takaaki Nakagami – NC“Unfortunately, I had a crash during the race. I’m really sorry to all my team and sponsors, it’s been a tough season. Here in Valencia we had a good weekend, I crashed in the race, but I’m happy about our speed. Next weekend we have the Jerez test for 2022 and we’re really looking forward to developing Honda’s bike for next season. Also, I want to say congratulations to Valentino (Rossi) for his career and the best of luck for the future.”
 
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083.21 LCR Honda CASTROL Press Release

 ÁLEX MÁRQUEZ IN THE POINTS AT VALENCIA14 November 2021 | Valencia GP RaceÁlex Márquez signed off the 2021 MotoGP World Championship with a solid points finish in the Valencia Grand Prix. After a tough qualifying session had left him on the seventh row of the grid, the LCR Honda CASTROL rider fought back well to eventually claim 13th position in the final premier class race of the season.
 
Looking to make a fast start from 19th on the grid, the Spaniard got away well and was able to recover a couple of places on the opening lap. He had moved up into the points positions by lap four and then rode consistently to ensure he saw the chequered flag for the final time in 2021.Álex Márquez – 13th“Starting from P19 was difficult but overall I think we did a good job today. I’m happy with the race, it’s difficult to get past and overtake here and I felt the front tyre was too soft for us today. It was unfortunate because I felt like we had the pace to be P8 today, but we need to be happy and learn for the future. I want to thank my team for all the effort they have given this year, it’s not always been easy, but in the end we got some good results and we need to keep going like this.”
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083.21 LCR Honda IDEMITSU Press Release

 TAKA ON THE THIRD ROW FOR VALENCIA FINALE13 November 2021 | Valencia GP QualifyingLCR Honda IDEMITSU rider Takaaki Nakagami will start the season-ending Valencia Grand Prix from the third row after a hectic qualifying series. Overall, the LCR Honda IDEMITSU rider enjoyed another impressive day at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo, topping the FP4 session and eventually claiming 9th position on the grid having progressed automatically to Q2.
 
Sitting in 6th overnight, Taka ensured his spot in the qualifying shoot-out by taking seventh in FP3 in dry and sunny conditions. He then demonstrated his potential for Sunday’s race by topping the timesheets in the final free practice session, before going ninth fastest in Q2 – finishing as the leading Honda rider. Takaaki Nakagami – 9th
(1’30.644)
“To be honest, I expected a little bit of a better result, but third row (P9) is not too bad for tomorrow’s race. In FP4 we were fastest and that’s good for the race pace. In qualifying it was a little bit strange as I struggled with the performance of the speed, but I’m really looking forward to the race. Hopefully we can make a good start and follow the top guys and I’ll fight until the chequered flag.”
 
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082.21 LCR Honda IDEMITSU Press Release

 TAKA SIXTH FASTEST ON DAY ONE OF VALENCIA GP12 November 2021 | Valencia GP PracticeTakaaki Nakagami made an encouraging start as free practice for the closing round of the 2021 MotoGP World Championship got underway at Valencia. Chasing a positive result to sign off the season on a high, the LCR Honda IDEMITSU rider was fast throughout on a day of mixed conditions and looks well placed to qualify directly for Q2.
 
The premier class were caught slightly off-guard by heavy rain in the morning which meant FP1 took place on a slippery track. Taka adapted well to the wet conditions and ended 10th  fastest, before underlining his liking for the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in a dry FP2 by taking 6th  spot on the timesheets.Takaaki Nakagami – 6th
(1’31.427)
“We had a good start today in both sessions, FP1 and FP2. It was different conditions, wet in FP1 and dry in FP2, in both sessions we were able to stay in the top 10, especially FP2 when we had quite consistent lap times and good pace. I’m quite happy about today, although we still need to improve the braking stability, but that was the only main issue really. I’m really looking forward to tomorrow morning’s session and qualifying and our target is to get a first or second row place in qualifying.”
 
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081.21 LCR Honda CASTROL Press Release

 ÁLEX MÁRQUEZ ENCOURAGED BY PACE AT VALENCIA12 November 2021 | Valencia GP PracticeÁlex Márquez remained upbeat as mixed weather conditions complicated matters for the MotoGP class on the opening day of free practice for the season-ending Valencia GP. Fresh from his superb display in Portugal, the LCR Honda CASTROL rider again demonstrated potential on the RC213v despite ending Friday’s sessions in 14th position overall.
 
With an unexpected deluge of heavy rain hitting FP1, Álex and his team took the chance to try out some wet settings in a low-key session. But with the track drying out for FP2, the Spaniard showed the kind of pace he produced at Portimao to maintain a top-10 position, but was unfortunate to drop out in the closing stages as his final flying lap was chalked off for track limits.Álex Márquez – 14th
(1’31.852)
“It was a surprise for the whole team this morning that we had heavy rain, so we just took it quite easy, tried a few things that we had on plan for wet conditions and didn’t take too many risks as we knew that this afternoon and tomorrow would be dry. This afternoon in the dry I was feeling really good from the beginning and was in the top seven or eight all the time as we tried something new on the bike that worked well. Unfortunately, in the last time attack I touched the green, so track limits and my flying lap that was P8 or P9 disappeared, but that’s how it is. Tomorrow we need to be focused because we had good rhythm and pace, we just need to adjust a few details.”
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LCR TEAM BEYOND RACING | BUILDING A BRAND

BUILDING A BRAND & THE SURPRISE EFFECT
A new sponsor for a motorsport Team, from a business segment other than automotive; a colorful motorcycle amongst classic cars; two MotoGP Top Riders in a factory. What do this things have in common? The answer is easy: the surprise effect. Nobody expects them to be where they are, and the result is that they immediately are at the centre of attention. When it comes to companies who wish to increase their awareness in a completely new business or to stand out among competitors, a sport sponsorship could be the greatest ally. It is understood that the “unexpected” project, in reality, is supported by a strategic plan and a series of original activations, which are fundamental to create a successful partnership and to gather all the benefits from it.ALWAYS GIVING 110%
Building up the Company awareness in the shortest time possible: this is the goal of the partnership between LCR and 110% – Immobiliare Costiera, the real estate company specialized in consultancy for building bonuses and incentives. Original contents play a huge part in this process, such as the partnership presentation video that you can watch hereTIMELESS PASSION
The class of marvelous vintage cars meets the futuristic design of LCR Honda’s RC213V: it has happened thanks to Lavor at “Auto e moto d’epoca”, one of the main European gatherings for car enthusiasts, recently held in Padova Fiere. This vehicle particularly, a 1939 MG T Supercharger, has taken part to the iconic “1000 Miglia” race for three editions! HAPPY 50TH BIRTHDAY
HONDA ITALIA!

Important milestones call for big celebrations: Lucio Cecchinello, Alex Marquez and Takaaki Nakagami joined the employees of Honda Italy in Atessa (Chieti) for the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the factory where hundreds of Honda vehicles are made every year. Here‘s the video of the emotional celebration event. Onto the next 50 years!DUCATI GOES ELECTRIC
Starting from 2023 until 2026, Italian manufacturer Ducati will be the single motorcycle supplier for the MotoE World Cup. “This agreement comes at the right time for Ducati, which has been studying electric powertrains for years” said Claudio Domenicali, CEO of Ducati Motor Holding, “as it will allow us to develop within a controlled field: that of competition”. Read the full news and comments here
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081.21 LCR Honda IDEMITSU Press Release

 TAKA TARGETS BIG FINISH IN VALENCIA11 November 2021 | Valencia GP PreviewTakaaki Nakagami is determined to sign off the 2021 season in style as the MotoGP paddock head back to Spain for the traditional finale in Valencia. The LCR Honda IDEMITSU rider is upbeat ahead of the 18th and final round of the World Championship and believes he has the pace to end the year on a high.
 
Taka arrives at Cheste following a creditable points finish in Portimao last weekend when he battled through from the back of the grid to take 11th. The Japanese star has good memories of the Circuit Ricardo Tormo having qualified on the front row and battled for the podium places at the venue last season.Takaaki Nakagami“It’s the last race of the season and last year I had good speed in Valencia for both races there. I’ll work hard with my team to have a great weekend.”
 
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080.21 LCR Honda CASTROL Press Release

 ÁLEX MÁRQUEZ EXCITED FOR HOME FINALE IN VALENCIA11 November 2021 | Valencia GP PreviewÁlex Márquez is full of confidence ahead of the final round of the 2021 World Championship and is hoping to lay down a marker for next season in Valencia. The LCR Honda CASTROL rider produced an outstanding ride at Portimao last time out and will look to maintain his momentum back on home soil this weekend.
 
The Spaniard was amongst the pacesetters throughout in Portugal and underlined his potential in the premier class by taking a superb fourth place having occupied a podium position for much of the race. With a capacity home crowd to cheer him on, Alex cannot wait to get back out on track at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo.Álex Márquez“It’s the Valencia GP, a home GP and the last GP of the year, which is always a special day. Last year we finished in Portimao, but this year in Valencia all the grandstands will be full which will be a really nice feeling, I’m sure it will be really special to see one of our home GPs full again. I’m really looking forward to it after P4 in Portimao and a really good performance there. I’m looking forward to being back on the bike and enjoying it with the team. As I said, we had a really good weekend, but we need to keep working and building our confidence a little bit more. Ok, I love Portimao, but Valencia is not one of my favourite tracks, so, it will be important to keep the same mentality and have the same level. The pace throughout the whole weekend, qualifying, we need all that to be there like it was in Portimao to finish the season in a good way and set us up for 2022.”