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Tohru Ukawa (宇川 徹, Ukawa Tōru) (born May 18, 1973) is a former Grand Prix motorcycle road racer from Japan.

Tohru Ukawa
Tohru Ukawa 2003 Japanese GP.jpg
NationalityJapanese
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
Active years1994 - 2005
First race1994 250cc Japanese Grand Prix
Last race2005 MotoGP Japanese Grand Prix
First win1999 250cc French Grand Prix
Last win2002 MotoGP South African Grand Prix
Team(s)Honda
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
127 5 39 3 5 1416

Ukawa began his Grand Prix career in 1994, racing in the 250cc world championships. He finished second to Valentino Rossi in the 1999 World Championship. In 2002, he moved up to the MotoGP class, riding for the factory Repsol Honda Grand Prix team, finishing third overall behind teammate Rossi, with a win at Phakisa in South Africa.[1] In 2003, he finished seventh overall for the Sito Pons Pramac team before returning to a factory testing role.[2] Ukawa won five Grand Prix races during his career and is a five-time winner of the Suzuka 8 Hours endurance race.

Motorcycle Grand Prix career resultsEdit

Points system from 1993 onwards:

Position 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Points 25 20 16 13 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

By seasonEdit

Season Class Motorcycle Team Race Win Pod Pole FLap Pts Plcd WCh
1994 250cc Honda NSR250 Honda 1 0 0 0 0 16 13th  –
1995 250cc Honda NSR250 Honda 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC  –
1996 250cc Honda NSR250 Honda 14 0 1 0 0 142 5th  –
1997 250cc Honda NSR250 Honda 15 0 5 0 0 173 5th  –
1998 250cc Honda NSR250 Benetton Honda 15 0 2 0 0 145 4th  –
1999 250cc Honda NSR250 Benetton Honda 16 2 11 0 1 261 2nd  –
2000 250cc Honda NSR250 Shell Advance Honda Team 16 2 9 0 0 239 4th  –
2001 500cc Honda NSR500 Repsol Honda Team 16 0 1 0 0 107 10th  –
2002 MotoGP Honda RC211V Repsol Honda Team 15 1 9 0 2 209 3rd  –
2003 MotoGP Honda RC211V Camel Pramac Pons 16 0 0 0 0 123 8th  –
2004 MotoGP Honda RC211V HRC 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC  –
2005 MotoGP Moriwaki MD211VF
Honda RC211V
Moriwaki Racing
Camel Honda
2 0 0 0 0 1 27th  –
Total 144 5 38 0 3 1416 0

(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
1994 250cc Honda AUS
MAL
JPN
3
SPA
AUT
GER
NED
ITA
FRA
GBR
CZE
USA
ARG
EUR
19th 16
1995 250cc Honda AUS
MAL
JPN
Ret
SPA
GER
ITA
NED
FRA
GBR
CZE
BRA
ARG
EUR
NC 0
1996 250cc Honda MAL
Ret
INA
7
JPN
5
SPA
5
ITA
FRA
4
NED
Ret
GER
10
GBR
5
AUT
4
CZE
4
IMO
3
CAT
4
BRA
4
AUS
4
5th 142
1997 250cc Honda MAL
6
JPN
2
SPA
Ret
ITA
Ret
AUT
5
FRA
5
NED
4
IMO
3
GER
6
BRA
3
GBR
5
CZE
5
CAT
3
INA
2
AUS
8
5th 173
1998 250cc Honda JPN
Ret
MAL
2
SPA
4
ITA
7
FRA
Ret
MAD
2
NED
5
GBR
4
GER
Ret
CZE
5
IMO
4
CAT
5
AUS
5
ARG
4
4th 145
1999 250cc Honda MAL
2
JPN
2
SPA
2
FRA
1
ITA
3
CAT
2
NED
4
GBR
4
GER
Ret
CZE
3
IMO
12
VAL
1
AUS
3
RSA
4
BRA
2
ARG
2
2nd 261
2000 250cc Honda RSA
3
MAL
Ret
JPN
2
SPA
3
FRA
1
ITA
6
CAT
2
NED
1
GBR
4
GER
2
CZE
2
POR
Ret
VAL
4
BRA
2
PAC
5
AUS
6
4th 239
2001 500cc Honda JPN
Ret
RSA
3
SPA
5
FRA
Ret
ITA
7
CAT
7
NED
8
GBR
16
GER
Ret
CZE
5
POR
Ret
VAL
6
PAC
5
AUS
5
MAL
5
BRA
Ret
10th 107
2002 MotoGP Honda JPN
Ret
RSA
1
SPA
3
FRA
2
ITA
3
CAT
2
NED
5
GBR
GER
3
CZE
3
POR
3
BRA
Ret
PAC
4
MAL
4
AUS
3
VAL
5
3rd 209
2003 MotoGP Honda JPN
20
RSA
6
SPA
4
FRA
7
ITA
6
CAT
6
NED
12
GBR
Ret
GER
6
CZE
8
POR
5
BRA
7
PAC
7
MAL
7
AUS
5
VAL
Ret
8th 123
2004 MotoGP Honda RSA
SPA
FRA
ITA
CAT
NED
BRA
GER
GBR
CZE
POR
JPN
Ret
QAT
MAL
AUS
VAL
NC 0
2005 MotoGP Honda SPA
POR
CHN
15
FRA
ITA
CAT
NED
USA
GBR
GER
CZE
JPN
Ret
MAL
QAT
AUS
TUR
VAL
27th 1

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Tohru Ukawa career statistics at MotoGP.com
  2. ^ "Ukawa: I'm retiring". crash.net. Crash Media Group. 3 November 2003. Retrieved 2 December 2011.