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All Japan Road Race Championship team lineup for 2018

2018 JSB1000

Yoshimura Suzuki MOTUL Racing announces JSB1000 rider lineup for 2018 All Japan Road Race Championship.
Takuya Tsuda was ranked in the 2nd in the 2017 season and this is his 6th year racing in JSB1000 class from Yoshimura Suzuki. He is aiming for the champion title this year.
Kazuki Watanabe is appointed as the new rider of Yoshimura Suzuki MOTUL Racing who is coming back to JSB1000 after his challenge for WSS in 2017. He is excited to race from Yoshimura Suzuki and it is expected for him to perform top-level riding.
Both riders have high potential, and Yoshimura Suzuki MOTUL Racing will work hard for further development of the GSX-R1000 and aim for the victory.

Team Manager: Yohei Kato

We are pleased to announce our team lineup for 2018 All Japan Championship JSB1000. Kazuki Watanabe will be newly racing with us alongside of our regular rider Takuya Tsuda.
It is the second year for Yoshimura Suzuki MOTUL Racing to use the GSX-R1000 after its debut, and our package will be even stronger than last year.
The more we experience JSB1000 races, the more the race strategy become ideal, and also by having two experienced riders, we are expecting for them to improve themselves by learn from each other to bring the potential of Yoshimura tuned GSX-R1000.
We will improve our strategy to get the champion title and will fight against strong rivals.
We would like to thank all sponsors and fans for warm supports.

Rider Profile

#12 Takuya Tsuda

Name Takuya Tsuda
Place of birth Wakayama, Japan
Date of birth 27 April, 1985
Height 171cm
Weight 71kg

Last year the new GSX-R1000 was introduced and we expected much on the new machine in 2017 season. However it was not so easy as we had expected and we had been forced to have hard time setting up. Now I have better understanding of the machine with all data and experiences from last season and I am confident to perform better in this season. I will try my best to pull out the potential of GSX-R1000.

Main racing history
2013 Suzuka 8H 2nd place / Yoshimura
All Japan Championship JSB1000 Ranking 4th / Yoshimura
2014 Suzuka 8H 2nd place / Yoshimura #34
All Japan Championship JSB1000 Ranking 3rd / Yoshimura
2015 Suzuka 8H 5th place / Yoshimura
All Japan Championship JSB1000 Ranking 4th / Yoshimura
2016 Suzuka 8H 3rd place / Yoshimura
All Japan Championship JSB1000 Ranking 2nd / Yoshimura
2017 Suzuka 8H 7th place / Yoshimura
All Japan Championship JSB1000 Ranking 2nd / Yoshimura

#26 Kazuki Watanabe

Name Kazuki Watanabe
Place of birth Yamanashi, Japan
Date of birth 2 October, 1990
Height 170cm
Weight 68kg

I am very excited to race with Yoshimura Suzuki MOTUL racing at 2018 All Japan Road Race Championship JSB1000 class.
First of all, I would like to thank Yoshimura and Suzuki for giving me such a great opportunity! It is a great honor to come back to the JSB1000 with the great legendary team, and I can't wait the season to start.
I will work hard with the team and show my potential off to fans, sponsors and all supporters.

Main racing history
2013 All Japan Championship JSB1000 Ranking 7th
2014 Suzuka 8H 12th place
All Japan Championship JSB1000 Ranking 7th
2015 Suzuka 8H 9th place
All Japan Championship JSB1000 Ranking 3rd
2016 Suzuka 8H 2nd place
All Japan Championship JSB1000 Ranking 6th
2017 World Supersport Championship