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Tamada to race full time in the Asia


Makoto Tamada will make a comeback this year, and will be racing full time in the Asia Road Racing Championship.  Both Honda Motor Co. Ltd and Speed of Japan have announced today that Makoto Tamada will be riding in the Supersports 600cc Class in the series, with MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing, stepping in for Ryuichi Kiyonari, who will be back in the British Superbikes this season.

The team, the factory team for Honda in the Asian Championship,  have won the Asian title last season with Kiyonari, and Tamada will try to make it a back-to-back title for the team.  He will be racing along with Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman.  Azlan has been Tamada’s teammate at the Suzuka 8 Hours last year.  The brother team, MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing Malaysia, will be having Zaqhwan Zaidi and Ryuta Kobayashi as their riders. Tamada will also be helping out the Malaysian riders, so that a Malaysian Champion form Honda will be born soon.

This will be Tamada’s full time ride since 2009.  Tamada have been racing for Honda at the Suzuka 8 Hours since 2010 with a podium finish twice.  He has also been appointed the professional trainer for the Asia Dream Cup since last year.

Machine is Honda CBR600RR.  Tires supplier will be Dunlop.  His entry number is #100.

Team: MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing
Number:  #100
Machine:  Honda CBR600RR
Tire:  Dunlop
Team Manager:  Rodney Peh

Comment, Makoto Tamada
“I am very excited to be back and racing full time again.  It has been awhile to race full-time, but I have been continuously training and am fit for this.  Because I have been to the Asian Championship last year as a trainer, I know the team well, and most of the racetracks, so I am ready to win the title for the team.  I thank Honda, the team, and MuSASHi for giving me this opportunity.  And to my loyal fans, who have supported me all through these years!  I can’t wait to get back on the track with the Honda CBR600RR!”

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