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Makoto Tamada

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Makoto Tamada - Phillip Island Test
Rider: Makoto Tamada
Team: Pro Ride World Superbike
Machine: Honda CBR1000RR (#49)
Born: November 4, 1976 in Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture, Japan
In 2001 Tamada stormed onto the World Superbike scene with an impressive double win as a Wildcard rider during the Sugo round.

After that he made his way to MotoGP where he won two races in 2004 on a Bridgestone equipped Camel Honda RC211V. The Japanese rider then switched over to the Michelin-shod Konica Minolta Honda.

Tamada competed in 2007 for a different manufacturer and tire brand. Instead of the coveted Honda/Michelin package with the Konica Minolta team, he headlined the Tech 3 squad's Yamaha/Dunlop configuration with lackluster results.

In 2008 Tamada made the jump back to World Superbike, finding a seat with the PSG-1 Kawasaki team and finishing the season in 20th. For 2009 Tamada remained a Kawasaki ZX-10R rider with new teammate, Broc Parkes, but an injury-laden season meant Tamada was out for the majority of the year.

In 2010 Tamada began filling in aboard a BMW for the injured Roland Resch, who broke his collarbone in the opening round at Phillip Island. The 33-year-old competed in only two races for the season as a result of his Honda Pro Ride team suffering logistical problems and sponsorship issues.
Makoto Tamada Career Highlights
2010 - N/A World Superbike - Honda / BMW
2009 - 27th World Superbike - Kawasaki
2009 - 27th World Superbike - Kawasaki
2008 - 20th World Superbike - Kawasaki
2007 - 18th MotoGP - Yamaha
2006 - 12th MotoGP - Honda
2005 - 11th MotoGP - Honda
2004 - 6th MotoGP - Honda
2003 - 11th MotoGP - Honda
2002 - 18th World Superbike - Honda
2002 - 4th All Japan Super Bike Championship - Honda
2002 - 2nd Suzuka 8 Hours - Honda
2001 - 15th World Superbike - Honda
2001 - 2nd All Japan Super Bike Championship - Honda
2001 - 4th Suzuka 8 Hours - Honda
2000 - 38th World Superbike - Honda
2000 - 3rd All Japan Super Bike Championship - Honda
2000 - 10th Suzuka 8 Hours - Yamaha
1999 - 5th All Japan Super Bike Championship - Honda
1999 - 8th Suzuka 8 Hours - Honda
1998 - 250cc MotoGP - Honda
1998 - 10th Suzuka 8 Hours - Honda
1998 - 4th All Japan 250cc Championship - Honda
1997 - 6th All Japan 250cc Championship - Honda
1996 - 14th All Japan 250cc Championship - Honda
1995 - 11th All Japan 250cc Championship - Honda
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