HIROSHIMA GETS 2015 JAPANESE SERIES ROLLING
The 2015 Japanese Enduro Championship got underway in Hiroshima with Honda’s Tadashi Kugimura taking victory.
Warm and sunny weather greeted the 100 competitors for round one of the JEC series. A 10km long loop ridden seven times featured plenty of open green land and woodland that was mixed in with a motocross track.
At the head of the field all eyes were on the duo of Yamaha’s Kenju Suzuki and Kugimura during the early part of the day.
But at the end of lap four, Suzuki was an unfortunate retirement when an engine failure cut short his day.
With the way cleared, Kugimura powered clear to take the win…
“I’m very happy to win this first round of JEC. In the morning it was hard to find my rhythm. But I began to get better with each lap. I really want to get the title this year so this is the perfect start.”
Capitalising on Suzuki’s exit, Masanari Ota (KTM) and Yutaro Uchiyama (Yamaha) completed the top three.
With Kawasaki’s Nobuya Watarai fourth, Taiki Kosuge(YAMAHA) finished fifth in his A class debut event.
Disappointed with how his day ended, Suzuki – the four-time JEC champ – now looks towards getting his championship campaign back on track…
“It’s disappointing to start the season like that. I think it was something electrical or a fuel system failing. However, I enjoyed the riding. The high-speed special test and very hard trails were fun. I’d like to say thanks to organiser’s for their hard work.”
Masahiro Kobayashi (Honda) put in an impressive performance to top the IB class while also unofficially placing second fastest outright.
RESULT – JAPANESE ENDURO CHAMPIONSHIP, ROUND 1
1, Tadashi Kugimura, HONDA
2, Masanari Ota, KTM
3, Yutaro Uchiyama, YAMAHA
4, Nobuya Watarai, KAWASAKI
5, Taiki Kosuge, YAMAHA
6, Kouji Kosuge, SHERCO
1, Masahiro Kobayashi, HONDA
2, Takahiro Maehashi, YAMAHA
3, Yuta Kumamoto, YAMAHA
4, Kazuyoshi Arakawa, YAMAHA
5, Kouta Murakami, HONDA
6, Osamu Sanada, YAMAHA
1, Kaori Kondo, YAMAHA
2, Seiko Sugawara, YAMAHA
3, Harumi Ota, YAMAHA