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Ukawa can become first Japanese rider to take consecutive elite class victories

Ukawa can become first Japanese rider to take consecutive elite class victories

Ukawa can become first Japanese rider to take consecutive elite class victories

Tohru Ukawa could establish a new record for Japanese riders if he takes victory in the next round of the MotoGP World Championship, which takes place this weekend at the circuit of Jerez. If he wins the race, Ukawa will become the first rider from the Land of the Rising Sun to claim two successive victories in the blue riband class.

Up to the present day, Japanese riders have amassed a total of 10 victories in MotoGP´s top class. The first ever was claimed by Hideo Kanaya who won the Grand Prix of Austria at the Salzburgring in 1975. Some seven years later, Takazumi Katayama wrote himself into Japanese motorcycling history by winning in Sweden. At the top of the list of victories is Okada with 4 triumphs, followed by Norick Abe who has a total of 3 wins.

Ukawa has made it on to the podium twice before at Jerez when competing in the 250cc class. He finished second in 1999, and a year later he came in third. Now, after adding himself to the exclusive list of Japanese riders who have tasted victory in the top class, he has the opportunity to set a new mark.

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MotoGP, 2002, Gran Premio Marlboro de España

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