Taro Sekiguchi (関口 太郎 Sekiguchi Tarō, born December 5, 1975 in Fuchu, Tokyo, Japan) is a Japanese motorcycle road racer. He was the MFJ All Japan Road Race GP250 champion in 2001 and the European 250cc champion in 2003.
Sekiguchi in 2016
|Born||December 5, 1975|
Fuchu, Tokyo, Japan
|Current team||SOX Team TARO PLUSONE|
Sekiguchi began his Grand Prix career competing in the 1999 250cc Japanese Grand Prix. He suffered a serious accident during the 2007 Czech Republic Grand Prix warm-up at Brno, where he struck Marco Simoncelli's crashed Gilera bike at full speed; he was airlifted to a hospital in Brno, where doctors confirmed he had a broken pelvis and two fractured ribs. After losing his Grand Prix ride, Sekiguchi returned to Japan, to the MFJ All Japan Road Race GP250 Championship. He moved into the MFJ All Japan Road Race ST600 Championship in 2009, before switching to the MFJ All Japan Road Race J-GP2 Championship, where he finished as runner-up in 2011, 8th in 2012, 12th in 2013, 6th in 2014 and 3rd in 2015. In 2016 Sekiguchi appeared again in a Grand Prix as a wild card in the Moto2 class in his home race.
Races by yearEdit
(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)
- "ライダープロフィール #44 関口 太郎". superbike.jp (in Japanese). MFJ. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
- "Brno MotoGP: Taro Sekiguchi breaks pelvis in 250 horror crash". motorcyclenews.com. Bauer Consumer Media. 19 August 2007. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
- Taro Sekiguchi career statistics at MotoGP.com