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Ukawa and Tamada get an early taste for the action at Motegi

Ukawa and Tamada get an early taste for the action at Motegi

Ukawa and Tamada get an early taste for the action at Motegi

Just three days after completing a gruelling weekend on track in the intense heat of Rio, Japanese riders Makoto Tamada and Tohru Ukawa were back in their leathers for an endurance race this week. However, far from their Honda RC211V 990cc prototypes, the pair were crouched on miniature 100cc four-strokes for the seven hour event at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit, which next week hosts the thirteenth round of the MotoGP World Championhip.

The local celebrities joined six-man teams and enjoyed differing fortunes in the race, with Tamada and friends finishing eleventh but Ukawa's team back in 26th after an hour spent in the garage with a mechanical problem. Both riders had received permission from the FIM to participate in the event, which took place just over a week before the Gauloises Pacific Grand Prix of Motegi but will have served for little to the riders in preparation for their home race.

Other famous riders including Shuhei Aoyama, who was recently crowned 125cc Japanese Champion and is set to ride as a wildcard at the GP next week, and Choujun Kameya, cousin of Daijiro Kato, also took part in the event.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2003, Makoto Tamada

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