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Rider info

Name:
Ai Ogura
Date of Birth:
26 Jan 2001
Height:
1m 67cm
Weight:
52kg
Resides in:
Saitama, Japan
Born in:
Kiyose-shi, Tokyo, Japan
Bike:
KTM RC 250 R
Rider since:
2016

Rider bio

It was not an unusual household in that Ogura's father inspired an interest in two wheels but Ai wasn't the first to have a go. "Under the influence of my father, my older sister was racing and so I also became interested in watching the racing. The first time I rode a motorcycle I was three years old."


"I was four when I first participated in a race."

"I kept riding a pocket bike, a 74Daijiro, until I was eight so I have a lot of racing experience. My father has always been my mechanic, helping me all the way, repairing the bikes and advising me on the settings, so important to me."

"Then I stepped up to the mini-bikes, an NSF100 from the age of nine, and won many awards."

"The road racing began when I was 13. I participated in Asia Talent Cup last year. It taught me to be aggressive battle. My best race was Race 2 in the Chinese round of the Asia Talent Cup 2015. It was my first win on the Moto3 bike."

Away from the track Ai enjoys English and physical education at school and then training and fishing to relax. His racing hero is Jack Miller.

"My favourite bit of the track are the hard braking points. I love racing and for me the sense of accomplishment when I win is just the greatest thing. I get a great deal of pleasure out of working out how to go fast and be successful, above all my dream is to be World Champion!"

2016

"2016 was interesting year, joining the Red Bull Rookies Cup. Prior to running the Rookies Cup, I had only participated in Asian races and I was surprised by the speed and aggressiveness of European riders. But I got accustomed to it more every race and I understood the battle."

"My best race in 2016 was Aragon's Race 2, which was the final round."

Aragon 2016

"I was able to ride at a good pace from the opening lap and I was able to improve my position. Although I was separated from the top three bikes, I was able to pass the finish line in the lead of the big second group."

"The feeling of the machine was also the best of the season. It was quite good for my confidence that I had such a result in the last race of 2016."

Misano 2016

"Now that I have the experience of last year, so I am ready for 2017."

Ready for 2017

Career Highlights

2016

• 11th Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup, best results 3rd in Assen 1. The podium so early in the season was very impressive. He could not live up to that for the rest of the year and made too many mistakes trying. He finally got it right with a fine 4th in the last race of the season. No doubt he has speed, add consistancy and he is a Cup favourite.
• 2nd Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup (Honda NSF250R)

2015

• 7th Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup (Honda NSF250)
Best result 1st in China Round Race 2.
• 2nd Tsukuba Championship (Honda NSF250R)

2014

• 2nd Motegi Championship (Honda RS125R)
• 3rd Tsukuba Championship (Honda RS125R)

2013

• 6th Sugo Championship (Honda RS125R)

2012

• 1st HRC Trophy Circuit Haruna (Honda NSF100)
• 3rd HRC Trophy Grand Championship (Honda NSF100)

2011

• 1st HRC Trophy Circuit Akigase (Honda NSF100)
• 1st HRC Trophy Circuit Okegawa (Honda NSF100)
• 1st HRC Trophy Circuit Haruna (Honda NSF100)

2010

• 1st HRC Trophy Circuit Akigase (Honda NSF100)

2009

• 1st Pocket Bike Championship Circuit Haruna (74Daijiro)
• 1st Pocket Bike Championship Circuit Nakai (74Daijiro)

Results

Race Pos Pts
22 Apr 16 Circuito de Jerez, Spain QP 7
23 Apr 16 Circuito de Jerez, Spain RAC1 NC 0
24 Apr 16 Circuito de Jerez, Spain RAC2 10 6
24 Jun 16 TT Circuit Assen, Netherlands QP 10
25 Jun 16 TT Circuit Assen, Netherlands RAC1 3 16
26 Jun 16 TT Circuit Assen, Netherlands RAC2 NC 0
15 Jul 16 Sachsenring, Germany QP 22
16 Jul 16 Sachsenring, Germany RAC1 11 5
17 Jul 16 Sachsenring, Germany RAC2 19 0
12 Aug 16 Red Bull Ring – Spielberg, Austria QP 16
13 Aug 16 Red Bull Ring – Spielberg, Austria RAC1 12 4
14 Aug 16 Red Bull Ring – Spielberg, Austria RAC2 11 5
19 Aug 16 Automotodrom Brno, Czech Republic QP 7
20 Aug 16 Automotodrom Brno, Czech Republic RAC1 NC 0
21 Aug 16 Automotodrom Brno, Czech Republic RAC2 20 0
09 Sep 16 Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, Italy QP 10
10 Sep 16 Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, Italy RAC 9 7
23 Sep 16 Motorland Aragon, Spain QP 12
24 Sep 16 Motorland Aragon, Spain RAC1 11 5
25 Sep 16 Motorland Aragon, Spain RAC2 4 13
Race Pos Pts
05 May 17 Circuito de Jerez, Spain QP 1
06 May 17 Circuito de Jerez, Spain RAC1 2 20
07 May 17 Circuito de Jerez, Spain RAC2 4 13
04 Aug 17 Automotodrom Brno, Czech Republic QP 2
05 Aug 17 Automotodrom Brno, Czech Republic RAC1 19 0
06 Aug 17 Automotodrom Brno, Czech Republic RAC2 11 5
11 Aug 17 Red Bull Ring – Spielberg, Austria QP 1
12 Aug 17 Red Bull Ring – Spielberg, Austria RAC 1 25
13 Aug 17 Red Bull Ring – Spielberg, Austria RAC2 3 16
08 Sep 17 Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, Italy QP 3
09 Sep 17 Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, Italy RAC 1 25
22 Sep 17 Motorland Aragon, Spain QP 8
23 Sep 17 Motorland Aragon, Spain RAC1 2 20
24 Sep 17 Motorland Aragon, Spain RAC2 19 0