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Rider info

Name:
Yuki Kunii
Date of Birth:
18 Feb 2003
Height:
1m 70cm
Weight:
57kg
Resides in:
Tokyo, Japan
Born in:
Tokyo, Japan
Bike:
KTM RC 250 R
Rider since:
2018

Rider bio

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"I like many sports, really enjoy playing baseball, volleyball, judo and gymnastics with my classmates in P.E., that's my favourite thing about school and when I am not racing I enjoy playing football."

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Running at school

"A lot of my friends are aiming to become a professional football players, maybe that is reason why I play it."
"So when I have time,I play football with my friends, do physical & strength training in TKlabojapan, sometimes ride a bicycle."

"The fact that I got interested in a motorbike was influenced by my father. My first time to touch a motorbike was when I was 4 years old, that was in a class of Chibakita Pokebai Course. I don't remember it well but my parents say it was like: 'That was really hard, because you were crying so much hearing the engine noise.' "

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Life pocket bike 420 at Nakai inter circuit in 2011

"But I got sucked into a motorbike by the class so I've been working hard to ride it since I was 4 years old."

"My father supervised things like a mechanic and coaching when I took a pocketbike and minibike. He scolded me so hard sometimes but I think now, that made my strong heart."

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At the 2010 Nakai Inter-circuit Life pocket bike 351, with my father

"He is always encouraging and watching me while I got a road race. My mother is always supporting me, makes and controls my food, prepares for my race tour and everything else."

"I really really appreciate it."

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A bit of fun and training on dirt track

"I have many brothers and a sister. Three big brothers who are 28, 26 and 21 years old now (January 2018) a big sister who is 25 and a little brother 13. They are always supporting me."

"When I was fourth grader, I entered SRS (Suzuka Circuit Racing School) for 5 years to improve my skills. That did a lot to build my skill both physically and mentally."

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With my mother's friend, my mother, Danny Kent and me at the 2012 MotoGP in Motegi. I was very happy to meet him

"In 2016, I got a scholarship for what was the first time in SRS-Moto."

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2016 SRS scholarship acquisition at Suzuka Circuit - Honda NSF250R - photo Mobility Land.

"There are many things I learned in 2017, I raced IATC (Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup) and CEV (Repsol Moto3 Junior World Championship). That was really furious and heated and then I learned to have a strong mind and not to give up in tough situations. Finally I realised how important the strengths of a team is."

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Battling hard in the CEV - 2017

"I like the high-speed corners like in the Circuit of Barcelona-Catalunya. After finishing 5th in Race 1 I got into the lead in Racing 2 of Round 3 of the CEV. The result of that race was a high side but I was almost taking the first place in the race, so that made me really excited and I will never forget that feeling. I wanna try again and not to make the same mistake."

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Loving the high speed in CEV - 2017

"My best race in 2017 was when I won in Round 2 of IATC at Losail. The result of Round 1 at the Chang International Circuit was not good, that made me feel pressure like I cannot lose in the next races, then I couldn't practice as I expected. But I really desired so hard to win only for racing, finally I won the race by 9/1000sec."
"I have a strong heart to win,and I'm gonna win the championship in any racing situation."

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Winning in the IATC at Losail - 2017

"So I'm gonna make the most of what I learnt from ATC and CEV, get higher skilled, good physically and good mentally. My expectation is that I'm gonna be able to race fast, to run in the top group in every race, finally, standing on the podium."

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Learning about the KTM - Rookies Test Jerez April 2018

In 2018, at the start I struggled to adapt to the KTM and to get the bike set up for me. I was really happy for my first victory in Mugello.

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Mugello 2018

I thought that from then I could go with good flow but then I got injured. Ffrom that point I continued to worry about it and I was troubled so it was difficult to be confident.

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First time back on the Rookies Cup bike, a wet Red Bull Ring - not easy

But final race of Aragon, I got my race back again.

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Back at the front - 4th in Race 2 in Aragon to end the 2018 season
 
Looking back on 2018 I realise that it is important not to get injured, not to crash in the race. And I cannot win with only my own power! I could win because there are people who support me.

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Enjoying good times, working together 2018

I learned that I will never forget to gratitude the team, my family, and the people who support me.

2019 is the second year in the Red Bull Rookies Cup and the third year of CEV racing. In both series my aim is to be champions! I cannot wait for the races to start!

 

Yuki Kunii

Career Highlights

2018

• 9th Red Bull Rookies Cup, best result 1st in Mugello. After winning in Italy he should have challenged for the title but then missed 4 races with a non Cup injury. Certainly a favourite for Cup success in 2019.
• 6th Moto3 Junior World Championship. Best results, 1st in Round 6 at Circuito de Jerez, Race 1 and 3rd in Round 7 at Circuito de Albacete.

2017

• 11th Moto3 Junior World Championship (Honda NSF250RW) - Best result - 4th Round 4 at Circuit Valencia Race 2
• 5th Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup (Honda NSF250R) - Best results - 1st Losail Round Race 1, 1st Suzuka Round Race 2, 1st Motegi Round Race 2

2016

• 6th Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup (Honda NSF250R) - Best results - 1st China Round Race,1st Motegi Round Race 1
• 1st Motegi Championship (Honda NSF250R)
• 2nd Suzuka Championship (Honda NSF250R)

2015

• 1st HRC NSF250R Challenge Grand Championship in Suzuka First generation (Honda NSF250R)
• 1st Tsukuba Championship (Honda NSF250R)
• 2nd Motegi Championship (Honda NSF250R)

2011

• 2nd Japan Life Pocket Bike Championship GP-3 Class
• 3rd Japan Life Pocket Bike Championship GP-1 Class

2010

• 1st Japan Life Pocket Bike Championship Novice Standard Class