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Rider info

Name:
Meikon Kawakami
Date of Birth:
08 Mar 2002
Height:
1m 75cm
Weight:
58kg
Resides in:
Malaga, Spain
Born in:
Fujinomiya, Japan
Bike:
KTM RC 250 R
Rider since:
2017

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.

Career Highlights

2016

• 1st Moriwaki 250 Junior Cup, 17 races, 7 wins, 2 x 2nd 3 x 3rd
• 2nd Brazilian Super Street 300 Championship, 8 races, 6 wins, 2 x 2nd, missed 2 races because of the Moriwaki Cup.

2015

• 6thMoriwaki 250 Junior Cup
• 6th GPR250 Brazilian Championship

2014

• 1st GPR250 Brazilian Championship

2013

• 1st Paulista Championship
• 2nd GPR250 Brazilian Championship

2012

• 1st Japanese NSF 100 Cup

Results

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