Leon Camier rules out Takaaki Nakagami from Honda’s WSBK options for 2023
With Xavi Vierge far from the results of the first World Superbike season of Iker Lecuona and Takaaki Nakagami far from assured of a place in MotoGP, the name of the Japanese rider has been thrown around the HRC team in WSBK for 2023 However, Leon Camier dismisses Nakagami’s participation from plans for next year’s season.
Speaking to GPOne.com, Team HRC’s WSBK team manager made it clear that at the moment the Japanese driver is not an option: “No, at the moment we are not thinking of Nakagami for 2023. He is not in our plans.”
Camier took the opportunity to defend the disparity in Virgo’s results against Lecuona, saying: “I know this year people watching from the outside might think Virgo has been overpowered by Lecuona, but the reality is different. Xavi suffered two injuries, in one he fractured six wrist bones at Misano. During the Superpole Race at Misano, he was riding very fast before getting injured. Prior to this injury, he also broke two ribs at Aragon and raced exceptionally well there. The following week, in Assen, he suffered a lot from the change of management. But we saw from the data that he couldn’t ride the way he wanted because of his broken ribs. When everything is going well and he has a normal race weekend, he is a very fast driver.