Every year, EnduroGP sees riders from South America, Australia and America come to try their luck in the championship. But it has been seven years since we have seen an Asian rider join the paddock… After Kolkeda TAKESHI (JPN) in Slovakia in 2010, another rider is joining us from ‘the land of the rising sun’; Ogami TOMOKI!
Originally from Natori in Japan, Ogami TOMOKI is a great motorcycle enthusiast and has participated several times (from 2010 to 2015) in the Japanese round of the FIM Trial World Championship in the Youth 125cc category.
Also a football player in his country, TOMOKI decided to try the EnduroGP adventure at the forthcoming Italian Grand Prix, which will take place in Spoleto on the 26th, 27th and 28th of May. The Japanese hopeful (24 years old) will be riding a Husqvarna 250FE in the Enduro 2 category and will look to do better than his predecessor Kolkeda TAKESHI seven years ago: twice 15th in E2!
Whilst it is probably going to be difficult for Ogami TOMOKI to fight at the front on his first appearance, his participation proves Japan and Asia’s interest the Maxxis FIM EnduroGP World Championship... if TOMOKI scores big points in Italy we could see more Asians arriving in our Championship!