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TamadaMAKOTO TAMADA

Birthdate: November 4, 1976
Birthplace: Ehime, Japan
身長:171cm
体重:60Kg
Machine: Honda CBR600RR
Tires: Dunlop
Team: Musashi Boon Siew Honda Racing
Tamada started racing in the 4th grade in elementary school.  After a series of pocket bikes, and mini-bikes, he is accepted as a team member of the Japan’s finest team, Team Kotake RSC.  His teammates included Daijro Kato, who became Tamada’s friend and rival.

After winning the Kyushu Championshp Title, he stepped up to the Japanese National Championship 250cc in 1995.  Stepped up to Superbike Class in 1999, and became known as the “factory killer”.  Joined the Honda HRC factory team, and in 2001, achieved a double win at SUGO as a wildcard entry in the World Superbike Championship.  After another wildcard win in 2003, Tamada goes on to the MotoGP.  He is the first rider to ride the Bridgestone tires in MotoGP.  In 2004, he scores two wins in MotoGP, one in Brazil GP and an astonishing pole-to-win at Motegi.  This was the first win for Brigestone in MotoGP.  Tamada is the only active Japanese rider ever to win a MotoGP race.

Tamada moved on to the World Superbike Championship as a Kawasaki Factory Rider in 2008.  After two years with Kawasaki, he is once again back with Honda in the World Superbike Championship.

In 2012, Tamada was appointed as Professional Trainer of the inaugurated Asia Dream Cup.  His experience in MotoGP and World Superbike, helped young riders from Asia to become a top class rider.

After 3 years of racing in the Suzuka 8 Hours and a couple of races as a wildcard entry to the World Superbike Championship, Tamada returns as a full time rider in the Asia Road Racing Championship in 2013.

 

Career Profile

1994 Kyushu Road Race Championship GP250 & SP250: Champion
1995 All Japan Road Race Championship GP250: Ranking 11th
1996 All Japan Road Race Championship GP250: Ranking 14th
1997 All Japan Road Race Championship GP250: Ranking 6th
1998 All Japan Road Race Championship GP250: Ranking 4th
Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Race:  10th
1999 All Japan Road Race Championship Superbike: Ranking 5th
Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Race:  8th
2000 All Japan Road Race Championship Superbike: Ranking 3rd
Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Race:  43rd
2001 World Superbike Championship at SUGO:  Double Winner in Race 1 & 2
All Japan Road Race Championship Superbike: Ranking 2nd
Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Race:  4th
2002 World Superbike Championship at SUGO:  Winner
All Japan Road Race Championship Superbike: Ranking 4th
Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Race:  2nd
2003 Road Race World Championship MotoGP Class: Ranking 11th(Mugello GP 4th, Rio GP 3rd)
2004 Road Race World Championship MotoGP Class: Ranking 6th(2 Wins at Rio GP and Japan GP; Portugal GP 2nd)
2005 Road Race World Championship MotoGP Class: Ranking 11th(Japan GP 3rd)
2006 Road Race World Championship MotoGP Class: Ranking 12th
Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Race: 5th
2007 Road Race World Championship MotoGP Class: Ranking 18th
2008 World Superbike Championship:  Ranking 20th
2009 World Superbike Championship: Ranking 27th
2010 Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Race: 2nd
2011 Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Race: 3rd
2012 Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Race: 25th
2013 Asia Road Racing Championship SS600 8th
Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Race: 6th

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