Yamaha YZR-M1 test rider Katsuyuki Nakasuga will replace the injured Jorge Lorenzo during this weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix. The Spanish rider missed the Australian Grand Prix last weekend and will also be absent from Sepang race after he injured a finger in a crash during the warm-up at Philip Island.

Reigning World Champion Lorenzo received an injury to the ring finger of his left hand during the Sunday morning warm up session prior to the Grand Prix of Australia. He has since received surgical treatment and is now recovering at home in Barcelona.

30yr old Nakasuga-san is a current Japanese Yamaha test rider with an excellent working knowledge of the YZR-M1 and Bridgestone tyres. He is also competing in the 2011 All Japan Road Racing Championship, JSB1000 class, and is currently third in the standings.

A decision on Jorge Lorenzo’s participation in the final race of the season at the Grand Prix of Valencia will be made within the next two weeks.

Rider Profile

Name: Katsuyuki Nakasuga
Date of birth: 9/08/1981
Age: 30
Nationality: Japan
Place of birth: Fukuoka
Team: YSP Racing Team with TRC (current ranking 3rd – Series not yet complete)
Championship series: All Japan Road Racing Championship, JSB1000 Class

Career:
– 2000/2004: All Japan RR GP250 class (best ranking 5th)
– 2005/present: All Japan RR JSB1000 class (2008/2009 Champion, 4th in 2010