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Nakano endorses annual Pocketbike initiative for young Japanese kids

Nakano endorses annual Pocketbike initiative for young Japanese kids

Nakano endorses annual Pocketbike initiative for young Japanese kids

Various Japanese riders like Tohru Ukawa, Matsudo Naoki, Norick Abe, Takuma Aoki, Nobby Ueda and the late Daijiro Kato have in recent years all supported their sport among the new generation within their home country. This work, based principally around schooling and advising kids and teenagers, has seen Shinya Nakano acting as one of the busiest protagonists.

Last Sunday the former Yamaha rider rolled up to the popular Pocketbike circuit in Chiba, his local town, where he witnessed a race meeting taking place in his honour. The fourth year of the ‘Shinya Nakano Pocketbike Cup', one of the best supported races of the discipline in Japan, occurred with the participation of more than 70 kids watched by a healthy smattering of public.

Nakano has been an active promoter of the event and has also undertook the role of teacher for four years, after the 26 year old initially conceived the idea to share his knowledge and experience gained at GP level with aspiring young wannabes and as a way of putting something back into the sport. "We organise this meeting once a year and I am pleased to see that it has run into a fourth edition," explained Nakano. "I am really satisfied that it is working so well and I have faith in the participants to keep rising up a level. I would love to think that here maybe we have seen a potential star of the future for MotoGP."

The former 250cc GP winner is currently in the middle of negotiations to confirm his plans for next year after a lukewarm season with Yamaha: "All I can say is that I am getting closer to an agreement and it is almost sure that I will stay in MotoGP. I hope to announce the details as soon as possible."

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MotoGP, 2003, Shinya Nakano

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