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Wildcards look to repeat past performances in Japan

Wildcards look to repeat past performances in Japan

Wildcards look to repeat past performances in Japan

Six Japanese wildcard riders will this weekend look to ruffle the feathers of the Grand Prix regulars, as the 250 race at Motegi takes place with the customary influx of local talent. The All-Japan Championship GP250 lends some of its top riders, including series leader Tekkyu Kayoh, and the full-time World Championship riders will be only too wary of their potential having seen Osamu Miyazaki and Daisaku Sakai run away with the first race of the season in wet conditions at Suzuka.

Miyazaki and Sakai are not competing in Motegi, but there are several others with Grand Prix pedigree. Yamaha rider Kayoh is set to make his sixth wildcard appearance, having previously scored points on two occasions - at Phillip Island and Suzuka. Hiroshi Aoyama, who finished eighth here two years ago and was twelfth at Suzuka earlier in the season, will take part aboard a Honda as will Yuki Takahishi, who qualified eleventh on his debut in the 125 class here last year but failed to finish the race. Noboyuki Ohsaki will race for the third time on the Motegi track in the quarter litre class.
Meanwhile two riders will be making their Grand Prix debuts in the quarter-litre class this weekend, both aboard Yamaha machinery : Ryuji Yokoe and Katsuyuki Nakasuga.

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250cc, 2002

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