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Rider info

Name:
Meikon Kawakami
Date of Birth:
08 Mar 2002
Height:
1m 78cm
Weight:
59kg
Resides in:
Malaga, Spain
Born in:
Fujinomiya, Japan
Bike:
KTM RC 250 R
Rider since:
2017

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."

Career Highlights

2017

• 13th Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup, best result 5th in Brno 2. Almost always in the points in his first season he should be able to take another step in 2018 but needs to make the effort that his talent deserves.
• 3rd European Talent Cup FIM CEV (one victory and three podiums)

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
Race Pos Pts
04 May 18 Circuito de Jerez - Angel Nieto, Spain QP 10
05 May 18 Circuito de Jerez - Angel Nieto, Spain RAC1 10 6
06 May 18 Circuito de Jerez - Angel Nieto, Spain RAC2 16 0
01 Jun 18 Autodromo del Mugello, Italy QP 1
02 Jun 18 Autodromo del Mugello, Italy RAC 8 8