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Makoto Tamada profile

By Dan Moakes
September 2 2006

Makoto Tamada
nationality · Japanese
born · 4 November 1976
grand prix début · 1998
world superbike début · 1999

One of only eight men to win races in both Grand Prix and Superbike world championship racing, Makoto Tamada also has the accolade of beating Valentino Rossi in a straight fight during the current MotoGP era, which he did in winning the 2004 Japanese GP. In recent years, he has been seen as Honda’s main hope for a home grown champion in the top class, especially after impressing with daring rides on the Bridgestone-shod Camel Pramac Pons machine during that 2004 season

1986
Pocket bike racing début on a QR, following the example of his elder brother

1993
Senior pocket bike racing début

1994
Road racing début; 250cc Production Regional Champion, with a Honda NSR250

1995 Nikken Team Kohtake RSC, Honda
11th in All-Japan 250cc championship, with Honda RS250R - 6th at Sugo

1996 Team Kohtake RSC, number 11 Honda
14th in All-Japan 250cc championship, with Honda RS250R - 6th at Suzuka

1997 Team Kohtake RSC, number 14 Honda
6th in All-Japan 250cc championship, with Honda RS250R - 3rd at Suzuka (twice), 4th at Tsukuba

1998 Team Kohtake RSC, number 6 Honda
4th in All-Japan 250cc championship, with Honda RS250R - won at Suzuka, three times fourth; 250cc Grand Prix début as a wildcard at Suzuka - 16th with the number 53 Honda for Team Kotake

1999 Team Kohtake RSC, number 100 Honda
5th in All-Japan Superbike championship, with Honda RVF/RC45 - won Motegi, 2nd at Suzuka; World Superbike début as a wildcard at Sugo - tenth twice with the number 57 Honda; 8th in the Suzuka 8-Hours, with Daijiro Kato on the number 71 Team Kohtake & Sakurai Honda - after qualifying third

2000 Team Kohtake RSC, number 100 Honda
3rd in All-Japan Superbike championship, with Honda RVF/RC45 - won Mine and Motegi, 2nd at Suzuka and Tsukuba; World Superbike wildcard at Sugo - 7th with the number 61 Honda; raced in the Suzuka 8-Hours, with Alex Barros on the number 71 Team Kohtake & Sakurai Honda - qualified third

2001 Team Cabin Honda, number 100 Honda
2nd in All-Japan Superbike championship, with Honda VTR1000SPW - won Suzuka and Sugo, three times second; won both races from pole as a World Superbike wildcard at Sugo, with the number 49 Honda; 4th in the Suzuka 8-Hours, with Tohru Ukawa and Daijiro Kato on the number 4 Team Cabin Honda - after qualifying on pole

2002 Team Cabin Honda, number 100 Honda
4th in All-Japan Superbike championship, with Honda VTR1000SPW - four wins, one second; second and first as a World Superbike wildcard at Sugo, with the number 42 Honda - one of only three race winners in the series; 2nd in the Suzuka 8-Hours, with Tadayuki Okada on the number 33 Team Cabin Honda - after qualifying fourth

2003 Pramac Honda, number 6 Honda
Makoto graduated from Superbike racing to the MotoGP World Championship in 2003, with a Honda RC211V on Bridgestone tyres. He started out by qualifying fifth at home in Suzuka, and in round three recorded the first of three top six results. Motegi and Sepang saw him start from the front row, just after a best result of third in Brazil. 87 points amounted to eleventh overall

Makoto Tamada, Le Mans 2004 - photo by Elliot L Doering
photo by Elliot L Doering · e_doering@yahoo.com

2004 Camel Honda, number 6 Honda
The Pramac and Camel-backed Sito Pons teams merged for 2004, with Tamada continuing as a Bridgestone runner, and partner Max Biaggi staying with Michelin. The tyres allowed Makoto to star on several occasions, with wins in Brazil and Japan, three pole positions, and a pair of fastest laps. On other days the pace was not there, and in Italy a possible win evaporated when tyre problems intervened. Regular results gave him 150 points, and sixth overall, but just 15 behind the fourth man

2005 Konica Minolta Honda, number 6 Honda
The new Japan Italy Racing team was set up by Gianluca Monitron, the man behind Pramac Honda. Tamada stayed on board but, with an enforced switch to Michelin tyres, he found the season more of a struggle. Things weren’t helped when an early injury meant he missed some rounds, and his best results were sevenths and eighths after eleven races. The Motegi meeting saw a return to form, with fourth on the grid and third in the race - running with Valentino Rossi and Marco Melandri before their crash. In the end, 90 points was enough for eleventh in the final table

2006 Konica Minolta Honda, number 6 Honda
Makoto continues with the JiR Honda, again in Konica Minolta colours


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