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Tamada to open the 2014 season

Photo Mar 05, 13 47 44Makoto Tamada will start his 2014 campaign at the North Track of the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia this weekend. This will be his second consecutive year to race full time in the Asia Road Racing Championship with MuSASHI Boon Siew Honda Racing.

It was a rough start for Tamada last year. Being used to riding a high-power machine for over 10 years in MotoGP and Superbikes, it took Tamada awhile to get used to a standard Honda CBR600RR with street tires. Tamada showed improvement in each session at the season opener last year, and lapped a course record 1’05.643 in Race 2 and got his first podium finish in the Series.

His improvement continued, and he proved that by winning both races in Round 3 at India, making him a contender for the Championship. However, a crash during qualification of the Suzuka 8 Hours, his injury forced him to pull out from Rounds 4 & 5. Although he managed to finish both races in Round 6, he was not even close to racing at his best condition.

He proved that his injury was not a problem at the pre-season test in March this year. He quickly lapped in the 1’15s. It is said that the Supersport 600 class will have the highest number of entry this year, but Tamada expects to be on top of that list at the end of the season.

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