Akiyoshi at the 2010 Dutch TT.
January 12, 1975 |
Kousuke Akiyoshi (秋吉耕佑 Akiyoshi Kōsuke?, born January 12, 1975) is a motorcycle road racer from Kurume, Fukuoka, Japan. He is a two-time champion in the All-Japan Superbike Championship, and has competed sporadically in the MotoGP World Championship.
He is known in his native Japan as a competitor in the MFJ All Japan Road Race GP250 Championship, and most notably the All Japan Superbike championship, where he has enjoyed success with the Yoshimura Suzuki team riding a Suzuki GSX-R1000. In July 2007 he, along with Yukio Kagayama, won the Suzuka 8 Hours endurance race on a Yoshimura Suzuki bike. Akiyoshi has also competed in a number of Grands Prix of the MotoGP series. These have included The Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi, where he finished 13th on his debut with the Rizla Suzuki team as a wildcard rider, as well as two races in 2007 at Jerez and Japan. He came 17th at the Spanish race, and had a good run in Japan where he was running 7th behind Casey Stoner, but retired four laps from the finish. In 2008, he competed in the Japanese Grand Prix for a third year running, again for Rizla Suzuki. He retired on lap 1 after going down at the first corner.
In the 2010 season, Akiyoshi stood in for the injured Hiroshi Aoyama at the Interwetten Honda team. He competed in two races for the team, finishing 15th at the Dutch TT in Assen and 13th at the Catalan Grand Prix in Catalunya. He was then replaced by San Marinese rider Alex de Angelis. Akiyoshi replaced Aoyama once again at the Gresini Racing team for the 2011 Dutch TT, however not through injury, as Aoyama himself replaced the injured Dani Pedrosa at Repsol Honda. Akiyoshi also competed at the Japanese Grand Prix as a wildcard entry with LCR Honda – along with Shinichi Itoh, racing for HRC Honda – as a gesture of support for those affected by the March 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.
1995- 24th, All Japan GP250 Championship #95 Suzuki RGV250
1996- 10th, All Japan GP250 Championship #24 Suzuki RGV250
1997- 10th, All Japan Superbike Championship #77 Suzuki GSX-R750
1998- Suzuki RGV500 Test Rider
1999- Suzuki RGV500 Test Rider
2000- Suzuki RGV500 Test Rider
2001- Suzuki RGV500 Test Rider
2002- Suzuki GSV-R Test Rider
2003- Suzuki GSV-R Test Rider
2004- Suzuki GSV-R Test Rider
2005- 11th, All Japan JSB1000 Championship #26 Suzuki GSX-R1000
2006- 4th, All Japan JSB1000 Championship #11 Suzuki GSX-R1000
2007- 17th, All Japan JSB1000 Championship #4 Suzuki GSX-R1000
2008- 5th, All Japan JSB1000 Championship #64 Suzuki GSX-R1000
2009- 10th, All Japan JSB1000 Championship #5 Honda CBR1000RR
2010- 1st, All Japan JSB1000 Championship #64 Honda CBR1000RR
2011- 1st, All Japan JSB1000 Championship #1 Honda CBR1000RR
2012- 4th, All Japan JSB1000 Championship #1 Honda CBR1000RR
2013- 6th, All Japan JSB1000 Championship #4 Honda CBR1000RR
Races by year
- "HRC confirm Pedrosa to be replaced by Aoyama in Assen". MotoGP.com (Dorna Sports). 22 June 2011. Retrieved 22 June 2011.
- "Honda test riders Kousuke Akiyoshi and Shinichi Ito to race in Japanese MotoGP". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). 17 September 2011. Retrieved 2 October 2011.
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