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Masao Azuma and Gino Borsoi join the ton-up club

Masao Azuma and Gino Borsoi join the ton-up club

Masao Azuma and Gino Borsoi join the ton-up club

Masao Azuma and Gino Borsoi are both scheduled to make their 100th Grand Prix start in Catalunya. They join 18 other current full-time GP riders who have made over 100 GP starts.

Masao Azuma, who has ridden Honda machines throughout his career, made his debut as a wildcard in Japan in 1996 before becoming a full-time Grand Prix competitor in 1997, at the age of 26. After a steady first season he became a front-runner right from the start of 1998, scoring his first podium at the opening race in Japan and taking his first victory near the end of the year in Australia.

In 1999 Azuma had his most successful year in GP racing, opening the year with three consecutive wins and leading the championship right through to round 10 of the series in Brno where he was unfortunate to have a collision with a deer which strayed onto the circuit. Following this accident he did not manage to take another podium during 1999 and went on to finish the year in third place. Azuma has managed at least one victory in each year since, without maintaining the consistency needed to challenge for the title. $$$ Borsoi also made his debut as a wildcard at Mugello in 1996. He joined the World Championship series as a full-time rider in 1997 riding a Yamaha in the Semprucci Team scoring a best result of 8th place at the German GP. For 1998 Borsoi changed to Aprilia machinery, which he has stuck with ever since. His best year was 2001 - after leading the series early in the year he scored two podium finishes, including a best ever second place at Mugello, and finished in sixth place in the final standings.

125cc, 2003, Gran Premi Marlboro de Catalunya

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