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Erv Kanemoto returns to the Grand Prix fold

Erv Kanemoto returns to the Grand Prix fold

Erv Kanemoto returns to the Grand Prix fold

The inauguration of the new MotoGP category has been possibly the most talked about event in the sport´s 53 year history, and so it seems fitting that this exciting new dawn should also herald the return to the elite class of one of the World Championship´s most revered Team Managers, Erv Kanemoto. The 58 year-old Californian has one of Grand Prix´s most impressive CVs, having been directly involved with teams which have claimed a total of 64 race victories, and some 7 World Championships along the way.

Kanemoto arrived on the Grand Prix scene in 1981 with the Sheene/Yamaha set-up, and then went on to run the Honda factory teams from 1982 to 1988. In that time, teams he directed claimed two 500cc World Championship titles, and one in the 250cc category. Then, in 1989, Erv branched out, and founded his own outfit, Kanemoto Racing. His team has won some 35 Grand Prix races, collected 4 World Championship across different MotoGP categories, and been ´home´ to some of the biggest names in motorcycling.

Amongst the riders to have graced Kanemoto Racing are, Eddie Lawson, Wayne Gardner, Luca Caladora, John Kocinski and Max Biaggi. This season, Kanemoto Racing, has made its return to MotoGP´s blue riband class after a two year absence in which they have been working with tyre manufacturer, Bridgestone, on a project to produce a new 500cc tyre which the team themselves are now using on their Honda NSR500.

Riding for Kanemoto Racing this season is Jurgen van der Goorbergh. After an 11 year World Championship career, the ´Flying Dutchman´, long regarded as one of MotoGP's most consistent performers, has finally got the chance to ride a factory machine. Whilst the team suffered a disappointing start to the new season in the wet at Suzuka, vd Goorbergh retiring late in the race, optimism is still running high. After so much previous success, Erv Kanemoto has certainly not set out just to make up the numbers this year, and all eyes will be on them in South Africa to see whether the team can make an impression despite the ominous start of the new 4-strokes.

MotoGP, 2002

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