#83 Meikon Kawakami

"I always liked the noises of motorcycles"

Meikon Kawakami

Rider bio

Helmet Design

"My father likes motorcycles and since I was a little boy I saw him racing, but not professional. I always liked the noises of motorcycles. On my 4th birthday, my father bought a pitbike for me, but I was afraid and my brother started to ride. When I was 5 years old I started riding a motorcycle."

"My family still dedicates all their time to keep me competing."

"My first championship was in 2009 when I was 9 years old and I lived in Japan. I was third on the NSR50. In 2012 I was NSF100 champion in Japan. My parents were very proud. In 2013 I moved to Brazil and started racing with Alex Barros Team. It was a great learning experience for me. I won the vice championship Paulista, with a 250cc motorcycle."

"I was Brazilian champion in 2014 and in 2015 I started my international career in the Moriwaki Cup. In my second year I was champion in Moriwaki Cup."

"2016 was great for Meikon. "It was a very evolutionary year for me. I learned to deal with different racing situations, difficult to itemise what I learned, but with each passing day I am willing to learn more and more."

"My best race was at Snetterton in 2016. In qualifying I crashed and had to start from eleventh position, I looked for positions and in the end I was already fighting for the first place. I got the win."

"I like mixed tracks including fast curves and hard braking. I am satisfied when I can do a good job with my team, resulting in a good bike. Winning is a pleasure, but it is not possible to have a result if you have not done a good job with the team."

Guadix Selection Event 2017, getting the good news

Meikon's favourite subject at school is physical education and when he is not racing he likes to play PlayStation and ride a bike. His racing heroes are Valentino Rossi, Dani Pedrosa and Alex Barros. He now lives in Brazil with your parents and brother Eliton.

"My debut year in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup (2017) was a dream come true. I learnt new circuits, made new friends and the main one, I learned a lot."

"I gave my all and tried to take every opportunity. I feel privileged!"

His first season in Rookies Cup saw him finish regularly in the points with a sixth in Race 1 at the Sachsenring and fifth in Brno Race 2. "Brno was my best ride, there I was able to compete in positions with the principal group, it was my best result of the 2017 season and I learnt a lot in this tough battle."

Battling hard in Brno - 2017

"One word covers the 2017 season for me, 'Learning', my country does not give a lot of incentive to motorcycle racers so I feelhonoured to be among the best in the world."

Happy to be in the Rookies Cup - 2017

"In 2018 I will do the FIM CEV Moto3, in order to train for the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup and I will do my best to be challenging at the front of the races."

Results

Race Position Points
05 MAY 2017 Flag of Spain Jerez, Spain Qualifying 16
06 MAY 2017 Flag of Spain Jerez, Spain Race 1 10 6
07 MAY 2017 Flag of Spain Jerez, Spain Race 2 11 5
23 JUN 2017 Flag of Netherlands Assen, Netherlands Qualifying 8
24 JUN 2017 Flag of Netherlands Assen, Netherlands Race 1 9 7
25 JUN 2017 Flag of Netherlands Assen, Netherlands Race 2 NC 0
30 JUN 2017 Flag of Germany Sachsenring, Germany Qualifying 14
01 JUL 2017 Flag of Germany Sachsenring, Germany Race 1 6 10
02 JUL 2017 Flag of Germany Sachsenring, Germany Race 2 14 2
04 AUG 2017 Flag of Czech Republic Brno, Czech Republic Qualifying 6
05 AUG 2017 Flag of Czech Republic Brno, Czech Republic Race 1 8 8
06 AUG 2017 Flag of Czech Republic Brno, Czech Republic Race 2 5 11
11 AUG 2017 Flag of Austria Red Bull Ring, Austria Qualifying 5
12 AUG 2017 Flag of Austria Red Bull Ring, Austria Race 1 11 5
13 AUG 2017 Flag of Austria Red Bull Ring, Austria Race 2 21 0
08 SEP 2017 Flag of Italy Misano, Italy Qualifying 11
09 SEP 2017 Flag of Italy Misano, Italy Race 1 8 8
22 SEP 2017 Flag of Spain Aragon, Spain Qualifying 12
23 SEP 2017 Flag of Spain Aragon, Spain Race 1 NC 0
24 SEP 2017 Flag of Spain Aragon, Spain Race 2 13 3
Race Position Points
04 MAY 2018 Flag of Spain Jerez, Spain Qualifying 10
05 MAY 2018 Flag of Spain Jerez, Spain Race 1 10 6
06 MAY 2018 Flag of Spain Jerez, Spain Race 2 16 0
01 JUN 2018 Flag of Italy Mugello, Italy Qualifying 1
02 JUN 2018 Flag of Italy Mugello, Italy Race 1 8 8