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Japanese motorcycle Grand Prix

The Japanese Motorcycle Grand Prix (日本グランプリ) is a motorcycling event that is part of the Grand Prix motorcycle racing season.

Japanese Grand Prix
Twin Ring Motegi map-2.svg
VenueTwin Ring Motegi
First race1962
Most wins (rider)Jim Redman (6)
Most wins (manufacturer)Honda (54)

The main venue who held the races for years was the Suzuka Circuit, until it permanently was replaced by the Twin Ring Motegi from 2004 onwards after the circuit faced criticism for its short runoff area's and dangerous trackside barriers, causing the death of Japanese rider Daijiro Kato and the injuries of Marco Melandri and Alex Barros at the 2003 Japanese Grand Prix. As a result, Suzuka was faced with making considerable safety alterations to avoid a possible strike by the riders - many of whom believed the 240hp motorbikes had outgrown the tight circuit. The FIM stated that the modifications would not be completed before 2005 and that, therefore, the 2004 Japanese Grand Prix would be held at the Twin Ring Motegi, but the circuit has not reappeared on the calendar ever since.[1]

Winners of the Japanese Motorcycle Grand PrixEdit

 
Jim Redman riding his Honda on the Assen circuit in 1964
 
Kevin Schwantz on Suzuki RGV500 at the 1993 Japanese GP
 
Daijiro Kato winning the 1998 Japanese GP on his Honda NSR250
 
Dani Pedrosa celebrates after winning the 2011 Japanese GP on his Honda RC212V
 
Valentino Rossi in the lead followed by Marc Márquez and Dani Pedrosa at the 2013 Japanese GP
 
Marc Márquez rides his Honda RC213V while crossing the finish line first at the 2018 Japanese GP

Multiple winners (riders)Edit

# Wins Rider Wins
Category Years won
6   Jim Redman 350 cc 1962, 1963, 1964
250 cc 1962, 1963, 1964
5   Marc Márquez MotoGP 2016, 2018, 2019
Moto2 2012
125 cc 2010
4   Kevin Schwantz 500 cc 1988, 1989, 1991, 1994
  Daijiro Kato 250 cc 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001
  Valentino Rossi MotoGP 2002, 2003, 2008
500 cc 2001
  Dani Pedrosa MotoGP 2011, 2012, 2015
250 cc 2004
3   Mike Hailwood 350 cc 1965, 1967
250 cc 1965
  Luca Cadalora 250 cc 1990, 1991, 1992
  Loris Capirossi MotoGP 2005, 2006, 2007
  Mika Kallio 250 cc 2007
125 cc 2005, 2006
  Jorge Lorenzo MotoGP 2009, 2013, 2014
  Álex Márquez Moto2 2017
Moto3 2013, 2014
2   Tommy Robb 125 cc 1962
50 cc 1962
  Luigi Taveri 50 cc 1963, 1965
  Ralph Bryans 250 cc 1967
50 cc 1964
  Bill Ivy 125 cc 1966, 1967
  Wayne Rainey 500 cc 1990, 1993
  Ralf Waldmann 250 cc 1995
125 cc 1992
  Mick Doohan 500 cc 1992, 1997
  Max Biaggi 500 cc 1998
250 cc 1996
  Norifumi Abe 500 cc 1996, 2000
  Masao Azuma 125 cc 1999, 2001
  Andrea Dovizioso MotoGP 2017
125 cc 2004
  Hiroshi Aoyama 250 cc 2005, 2006
  Andrea Iannone Moto2 2011
125 cc 2009

Multiple winners (manufacturers)Edit

# Wins Manufacturer Wins
Category Years won
54   Honda MotoGP 2002, 2003, 2004, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019
500 cc 1992, 1997, 1998, 2001
350 cc 1962, 1963, 1964, 1967
250 cc 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005
Moto3 2014, 2015, 2017, 2019
125 cc 1962, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2004
50 cc 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965
18   Yamaha MotoGP 2008, 2009, 2013, 2014
500 cc 1987, 1990, 1993, 1996, 2000
350 cc 1966
250 cc 1966, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1999, 2002
125 cc 1966, 1967
11   Suzuki 500 cc 1988, 1989, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1999
125 cc 1963, 1964, 1965
50 cc 1966, 1967
10   Aprilia 250 cc 1996, 2003, 2009
125 cc 1996, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2009
8   KTM 250 cc 2006, 2007
Moto3 2012, 2013, 2016, 2018
125 cc 2005, 2006
6   Kalex Moto2 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
5   Ducati MotoGP 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2017
3   Derbi 125 cc 2000, 2010, 2011
  Suter Moto2 2011, 2012, 2014

By yearEdit

A pink background indicates an event that was not part of the Grand Prix motorcycle racing championship.

Year Track Moto3 Moto2 MotoGP Report
Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer
2019 Motegi   Lorenzo Dalla Porta Honda   Luca Marini Kalex   Marc Márquez Honda Report
2018 Motegi   Marco Bezzecchi KTM   Francesco Bagnaia Kalex   Marc Márquez Honda Report
2017 Motegi   Romano Fenati Honda   Álex Márquez Kalex   Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Report
2016 Motegi   Enea Bastianini KTM   Thomas Lüthi Kalex   Marc Márquez Honda Report
2015 Motegi   Niccolò Antonelli Honda   Johann Zarco Kalex   Daniel Pedrosa Honda Report
2014 Motegi   Álex Márquez Honda   Thomas Luthi Suter   Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Report
2013 Motegi   Álex Márquez KTM   Pol Espargaro Kalex   Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Report
2012 Motegi   Danny Kent KTM   Marc Márquez Suter   Daniel Pedrosa Honda Report
Year Track 125 cc Moto2 MotoGP Report
Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer
2011 Motegi   Johann Zarco Derbi   Andrea Iannone Suter   Daniel Pedrosa Honda Report
2010 Motegi   Marc Márquez Derbi   Toni Elías Moriwaki   Casey Stoner Ducati Report
Year Track 125 cc 250 cc MotoGP Report
Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer
2009 Motegi   Andrea Iannone Aprilia   Álvaro Bautista Aprilia   Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Report
2008 Motegi   Stefan Bradl Aprilia   Marco Simoncelli Gilera   Valentino Rossi Yamaha Report
2007 Motegi   Mattia Pasini Aprilia   Mika Kallio KTM   Loris Capirossi Ducati Report
2006 Motegi   Mika Kallio KTM   Hiroshi Aoyama KTM   Loris Capirossi Ducati Report
2005 Motegi   Mika Kallio KTM   Hiroshi Aoyama Honda   Loris Capirossi Ducati Report
2004 Motegi   Andrea Dovizioso Honda   Daniel Pedrosa Honda   Makoto Tamada Honda Report
2003 Suzuka   Stefano Perugini Aprilia   Manuel Poggiali Aprilia   Valentino Rossi Honda Report
2002 Suzuka   Arnaud Vincent Aprilia   Osamu Miyazaki Yamaha   Valentino Rossi Honda Report
Year Track 125 cc 250 cc 500 cc Report
Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer
2001 Suzuka   Masao Azuma Honda   Daijiro Kato Honda   Valentino Rossi Honda Report
2000 Suzuka   Youichi Ui Derbi   Daijiro Kato Honda   Norifumi Abe Yamaha Report
1999 Motegi   Masao Azuma Honda   Shinya Nakano Yamaha   Kenny Roberts, Jr. Suzuki Report
1998 Suzuka   Kazuto Sakata Aprilia   Daijiro Kato Honda   Max Biaggi Honda Report
1997 Suzuka   Noboru Ueda Honda   Daijiro Kato Honda   Michael Doohan Honda Report
1996 Suzuka   Masaki Tokudome Aprilia   Max Biaggi Aprilia   Norifumi Abe Yamaha Report
1995 Suzuka   Haruchika Aoki Honda   Ralf Waldmann Honda   Daryl Beattie Suzuki Report
1994 Suzuka   Takeshi Tsujimura Honda   Tadayuki Okada Honda   Kevin Schwantz Suzuki Report
1993 Suzuka   Dirk Raudies Honda   Tetsuya Harada Yamaha   Wayne Rainey Yamaha Report
1992 Suzuka   Ralf Waldmann Honda   Luca Cadalora Honda   Michael Doohan Honda Report
1991 Suzuka   Noboru Ueda Honda   Luca Cadalora Honda   Kevin Schwantz Suzuki Report
1990 Suzuka   Hans Spaan Honda   Luca Cadalora Yamaha   Wayne Rainey Yamaha Report
Year Track 80 cc 125 cc 250 cc 500 cc Report
Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer
1989 Suzuka   Ezio Gianola Honda   John Kocinski Yamaha   Kevin Schwantz Suzuki Report
1988 Suzuka   Anton Mang Honda   Kevin Schwantz Suzuki Report
1987 Suzuka   Masaru Kobayashi Honda   Randy Mamola Yamaha Report
Year Track 50 cc 125 cc 250 cc 350 cc 500 cc Report
Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer
1967 Fuji   Mitsuo Itoh Suzuki   Bill Ivy Yamaha   Ralph Bryans Honda   Mike Hailwood Honda Report
1966 Fuji   Yoshimi Katayama Suzuki   Bill Ivy Yamaha   Hiroshi Hasegawa Yamaha   Phil Read Yamaha Report
1965 Suzuka   Luigi Taveri Honda   Hugh Anderson Suzuki   Mike Hailwood Honda   Mike Hailwood MV Agusta Report
1964 Suzuka   Ralph Bryans [N 1] Honda   Ernst Degner Suzuki   Jim Redman Honda   Jim Redman Honda Report
1963 Suzuka   Luigi Taveri Honda   Frank Perris Suzuki   Jim Redman Honda   Jim Redman [N 2] Honda Report
1962 Suzuka   Tommy Robb Honda   Tommy Robb Honda   Jim Redman Honda   Jim Redman Honda Report

NotesEdit

  1. ^ The 1964 50 cc race only had five competitors and the race was excluded from the world championship.[2]
  2. ^ The 1963 350 cc race only had three competitors and the race was excluded from the world championship.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Suzuka scrapped from 2004 calendar". Crash. 19 September 2003.
  2. ^ "Les Championnats du Monde de Courses sur Route - L'année 1964" [World Championship Road Racing - 1964]. Racing Memory (in French). Archived from the original on 5 November 2011. Retrieved 5 November 2011.
  3. ^ "Les Championnats du Monde de Courses sur Route - L'année 1963" [World Championship Road Racing - 1963]. Racing Memory (in French). Archived from the original on 5 November 2011. Retrieved 5 November 2011.

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