Osamu Miyazaki (born 23 January 1966 in Yamaguchi, Japan) is a Japanese former professional Grand Prix motorcycle road racer.

Osamu Miyazaki
TZ250-2008.JPG
Yamaha TZ250 similar to that which Miyazaki rode
NationalityJapanese
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
Active years1991 - 2002
First race1991 250cc Japanese Grand Prix
Last race2002 250cc Japanese Grand Prix
First win2002 250cc Japanese Grand Prix
Team(s)Aprilia, Yamaha
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
47 1 1 0 1 129

Motorcycling careerEdit

Miyazaki started racing when he was 23, when he entered the All Japan Road Race Championship riding 250 cc motocycles, and won his first race three years later.[1] Following this success, he joined the Aprilia team, which at the time was not well known in Japan.[2] He moved to Italy in 1996 to race in the Grand Prix.[1] He was the second Japanese rider at the Championships and the first Japanese contender to participate in the championship full-time.[2]

He achieved his first win at the 2002 Japanese motorcycle Grand Prix at Suzuka while racing with Motorex Daytona Yamaha.[3] He started at eighth place and finishing almost ten seconds ahead of the next competitor.[4] He entered as a Japanese wildcard.[5]

In 2004, he moved to racing 600 cc motorcycles in the All Japan Road Race Championships.[1] He started his own team in 2008 and took pole position the following year at Autopolis, but suffered a serious injury at the end of the season.[6] He subsequently raced in 2010 and 2011.[7]

LegacyEdit

Miyazaki was involved in the development of the Yamaha TZ250 and Yamaha YZF-R6.[1] He worked with Dunlop Tyres in tyre R&D in 2004 and coached Chinese competitors in 2009.[2]

Career statisticsEdit

Grand Prix motorcycle racingEdit

Races by yearEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Year Class Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Pos Pts
1991 250cc Yamaha JPN
16
AUS
USA
SPA
ITA
GER
AUT
EUR
NED
FRA
GBR
RSM
CZE
VDM
MAL
- 0
1992 250cc Yamaha JPN
24
AUS
MAL
SPA
ITA
EUR
GER
NED
HUN
FRA
GBR
BRA
RSA
- 0
1993 250cc Aprilia AUS
MAL
JPN
Ret
SPA
AUT
GER
NED
EUR
RSM
GBR
CZE
ITA
USA
FIM
- 0
1995 250cc Aprilia AUS
MAL
JPN
6
SPA
GER
ITA
NED
FRA
GBR
CZE
BRA
ARG
EUR
24th 10
1996 250cc Aprilia MAL
15
INA
Ret
JPN
13
SPA
15
ITA
20
FRA
Ret
NED
8
GER
12
GBR
12
AUT
Ret
CZE
Ret
IMO
16
CAT
15
BRA
Ret
AUS
NC
20th 22
1997 250cc Yamaha MAL
11
JPN
Ret
SPA
12
ITA
15
AUT
Ret
FRA
10
NED
8
IMO
9
GER
18
BRA
Ret
GBR
Ret
CZE
14
CAT
10
INA
13
AUS
11
13th 47
1998 250cc Yamaha JPN
14
MAL
15
SPA
10
ITA
Ret
FRA
Ret
MAD
NED
NC
GBR
GER
CZE
18
IMO
18
CAT
14
AUS
15
ARG
14
24th 14
2000 250cc Yamaha RSA
MAL
JPN
8
SPA
FRA
ITA
CAT
NED
GBR
GER
CZE
POR
VAL
BRA
PAC
DSQ
AUS
27th 8
2001 250cc Yamaha JPN
RSA
SPA
FRA
ITA
CAT
NED
GBR
GER
CZE
POR
VAL
PAC
13
AUS
MAL
BRA
29th 3
2002 250cc Yamaha JPN
1
RSA
SPA
FRA
ITA
CAT
NED
GBR
GER
CZE
POR
BRA
PAC
MAL
AUS
VAL
16th 25

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Osamu Miyazaki". Speed of Japan. 2018. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "Profile". miyazaki72 (in Japanese). 2014. Archived from the original on 21 December 2014. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Miyazaki wins 250 race full of late developments". MotoGP. 7 April 2002. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  4. ^ "Miyazaki wins 250cc race for Yamaha". crash.net. 7 April 2002. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  5. ^ "Miyazaki and Sakai keep up the tradition of wildcard Japanese success". MotoGP. 4 April 2002. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Osamu Miyazaki signs with Ito Racing". Speed of Japan. 2 March 2010. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  7. ^ "Race Results". miyazaki72. 2011. Archived from the original on 16 February 2015. Retrieved 3 October 2018.