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Marquez tips Nakagami to be top MotoGP rookie

Reigning MotoGP champion Marc Marquez believes that Takaaki Nakagami will be the strongest rookie in the field in 2018. Moto2 graduate Nakagami, who like LCR Honda teammate Cal Crutchlow is contracted directly to HRC, was 0.675s off the pace of Dani Pedrosa's benchmark time at the end of the Buriram MotoGP test. It means the 26-year-old, who is the first full-time Japanese MotoGP rider since Hiroshi Aoyama in 2014, ended both Sepang and Buriram tests as the top rookie. In Thailand, Nakagami followed Marquez for one fast lap, an experience the Japanese says he could learn a lot from. When Marquez was asked about who he expects to be the top rookie, the Spaniard said: "I believe it...
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