#83 Meikon Kawakami

"I always liked the noises of motorcycles"

Meikon Kawakami

Rider bio

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

My family still dedicate all their time to keep me competing. Now I'm living in Malaga, Spain, where I'm preparing for the start of the season.

I want to learn a lot! Will be a year of great learning, I will dedicate myself every day to make the most of this opportunity in the Red Bull MotoGP Rokies Cup. Who knows in the future achieve the dream of competing in MotogGP.

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."

"For 2017 My expectation is to learn to raise my level of riding. Keep me in the top ten at Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup and maybe reach a podium or a 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 2017, getting the good news

Meikon's favourite subject at school is physical education and when he is not racing he likes to play video games and ride a bike. His racing heroes are Valentino Rossi, Dani Pedrosa and Alex Barros.

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
09 SEP 2017 Flag of Italy Misano, Italy Race 1 8 8