Takumi Takahashi to race at San Marino MotoGP for LCR Honda in Alex Rins' place
Rins, who is recovering from a broken leg, has been replaced by Iker Lecuona at the past three rounds. However, Lecuona is participating in the WorldSBK round at Magny-Cours this weekend, so Honda had to find a new rider. They have chosen Japanese veteran Takahashi, who recently won the Suzuka 8 Hours race. This will be Takahashi’s first MotoGP race since 2015 when he was a wildcard in Japan. Takahashi is currently racing full-time in the All-Japan Superbike series. Honda is currently facing a difficult period, as their four bikes were the slowest in Barcelona last Friday, and the two LCR bikes finished among the three slowest in Sunday’s race.