LCR has become the latest team to officially confirm its place on the MotoGP grid for the next five-year contract cycle with Dorna and IRTA, from 2022-2026.

Former rider Lucio Cecchinelli started the team with ‘two technicians and one van’ in 1996. After nine years in the 125cc class, LCR moved to 250cc in 2002 and has competed in the MotoGP class, always with Honda machinery, since 2006.

LCR has celebrated a total of 85 grands prix podiums and 24 victories in all the categories it has competed in, including three MotoGP wins with Cal Crutchlow.

“First and foremost, I would like to take this opportunity to express my deepest gratitude to all the people who have worked with the LCR team since January of 1996, when we received our very first World Championship contract participation as a Team!” said Lucio Cecchinello.

“II can’t believe that it’s been 25 years! A quarter of century lived with LCR riders and team personnel working at full speed on track and believe me, even off-track!

“It is a great honour for me to announce that LCR has recently renewed with IRTA and Dorna, its MotoGP class contract participation until 2026.

“I am grateful to be able to continue competing in the premier class category for 5 more years and I can’t wait to start a new chapter in LCR history with both of our riders Taka [Nakagami] and Alex [Marquez] on a full factory bike! See you soon on track and surely very soon on TV!”

LCR is the second Independent team after Gresini to be officially confirmed on the 2022 grid. KTM and Ducati are the only factories to so far sign but Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki and Aprilia are also expected to continue.

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