World Championships, Memory and the Future: How Japan Became the Protagonist

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In the motorsports There are countries that have distinguished more than others the events, structures, and materials on which they were founded. Italy has been one of those for a long time, and Spain is increasingly the protagonist, but we must not forget Japan. HondaAnd the YamahaAnd the suzukiAnd the Kawasaki, are just some of the greatest creations of this country, which today characterize the world of two-wheelers throughout the world and the whole world. area Sunrise On undeniable means and materials, In the pastures at the World Championships The Japanese presence is high, but on the right track there are not many representatives of this nation, even if some of them managed to enter history by right.

The first chapter has never given a world title to a rider from Japan, but in the minor categories, on the other hand, the narrative is a little different. Takazumi Katayama350 Class Champion in 1977, Kazuto sakata, Two-time champion 125 in 1994 and 1998, the late Daijirō Cardwinner of the 250 class in 2001, Hiroshi AoyamaChampion in the same category after 8 years.

Aoyama

一日 一生: One day, one life

I was. maybe you can be. It will not be again.

daijiro Card It is the story of the winning rider, who in a few years managed to climb the 250 class hierarchy, reaching In MotoGP with a wealth of talent. The Japanese centaur was born in 1976 in Saitama, and received the first wild card At the age of twenty. In the middle class, he takes to the track at his home circuit and takes third place, as if he weren’t a rookie. The occasion is also repeated in the following two years and on both occasions Card Leads to can win over. The first team he believes in is Grissini teamwho arm the Japanese from Hondagiving him the joy of the entire tournament. Nine podiums and four victories They took him to third place in the world rankings and reconfirmed for the following season.

Daijiro Kato
Daijiro Kato

In 2001, he dominated the 250 . class Cardwho rises on 13 podiums, including 11 winsout of 16 races. The Japanese driver joins the shortlist of drivers from Japan who have managed to win a world title. But the feeling is that the future still holds a lot for the ’76: first of all, The transition to MotoGP is instant and natural. The world of the greats does not scare the new world champion who closes on the first date with the most important stage. Top 10. Slowly the Japanese find the rhythm and After three races he is already on the podium. Numerous retirements have complicated his championship, but at the end of the season, the standings are seventh. Shattering the dreams of this hero and everyone who loved him is an accident during his first year at Suzuka. The pilot struggled for two weeks, in a coma, before giving up and leaving only one of himself great memory.

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Hello my friend. Me again. Let’s do it together.

Shea’s story is unfortunately similar Tomizawa. World Championship Promise, just like his compatriot. The first year in 250, riding a HondaIt’s not easy, the results aren’t amazing, but there is something about the eighteen-year-old Japanese that foreshadows an explosion of crystal talent. The following season, 2010, the centaur born in 1990 decided to change the team, joining the Swiss Sutter. The music changed drastically and on the opening tour in Qatar Shea celebrated the first win of his career. The year continues to falter in some retreats, but there is also another podium and some fifth place.

Shuya Tomizawa
Shuya Tomizawa

se Tomizawa In his blood were the blood cells of the world champion, unfortunately, We will never know. The last race of the Japanese ended in an accident in Italy, in Grand Prix Misano. The images are terrifying and the centaur’s conditions are instantly clear even to those in front of the TV. Doctors try to revive the nineteen-year-old first on the track and then at the medical center, but there is nothing to do. The last lotus flower lands on a boy’s eyes The ones whose smile still lives on in the ring World Championship.

Tomorrow’s winds will blow tomorrow: domani soffierà il vento di domani

MotoGP is Moto2

From a past that no longer exists and is constantly remembered, today comes a group of young people who raise the flag of Japan high. For five years in MotoGPTakaki, who expected a very long apprenticeship in secondary categories, figure NakagamiExperienced pilot Sunrise Who, despite not being able to win a first-class race, managed to make it The protagonist of unusual duels: Overtaking and counter-overtaking even with colleagues titled more than him.

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I Ogura
I Ogura

Aye Ogura Instead, he is a young man from 2001, and he, like his compatriots, is climbing up the hierarchy, one by one. He never won a championship quartHowever, she managed to take third place in the world rankings. in Moto 2 It was a rough start, but he managed to stand out thanks to the podium in Austria in 2021. But this season, the Japanese are swinging in full swing for the title: Edochian is currently second on the World Wide Web. Seven points behind leader Augusto Fernandez. With five races remaining, the dream is still possible.

Moto3

In the category of the lowest engine capacity of the world championshipThere is a lot of Japanese presence. Ayumu Sasakiborn in 2000, is facing its sixth season in Moto3. After a few years of learning, his talent is finally starting to show: retirement and injuries have undermined his booze, which is important But 5 podiums, took first place on two occasionsin the Netherlands and Austria. A very long and short period of apprenticeship began to bear fruit, pushing the Japanese towards the top of the ranking, which at the moment considers him fourth.

Tatsuki Suzuki
Tatsuki Suzuki

In the same category also Kaito Toba، Yamanaka And finally, the Japanese knight in the far west there: Tatsuki suzuki. I JapaneseRexion He was born in 1997 and is one of those centaurs who wouldn’t be able to be annoying to anyone. On a note in an Asian voice, accompanied by a few words from Romania, the 25-year-old has managed to win a place in the hearts of many, both in SIC58 فريق Teamwho left last season, both in Leopard team. Beyond the results, which are improving year by year, attract the watchful eye of Moto 2Tatsuki honored his country with his compatriot Sasaki: In the GP Austria The two fought justly. Introducing a historical duality for Japan An unexpected platform. The Japanese team continues to grow inside motorsportswho no longer sees Sol Levit Only as a builder.

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