Tadayuki Okada

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Tadayuki Okada
Tadayuki Okada 1996 JapanGP.JPG
Tadayuki Okada on the Honda NSR500V
Nationality Japan Japanese
Born February 13, 1967
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
Active years 1989 - 2000, 2008
First race 1989 250cc Japanese Grand Prix
Last race 2008 MotoGP Italian Grand Prix
First win 1994 250cc Japanese Grand Prix
Last win 1999 500cc Australian Grand Prix
Team(s) Honda
Championships None
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
116 6 36 7 8 1250
Superbike World Championship
Active years 2001
Manufacturers Honda
2001 Championship position 8th
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
25 0 3 0 0 176

Tadayuki 'Taddy' Okada (born February 13, 1967) is a retired Japanese professional Grand Prix motorcycle road racer. He was runner-up in the 1994 250cc and in the 1997 500cc World Championship.[1][2]

Early career[edit]

Okada won the 250cc All Japan Road Race Championship in three successive years from 1989 to 1991 for Honda.[3] Honda then entered him into the 250cc World Championship in 1993.[2] He was runner-up in the series in 1994, and fourth in 1995.[1][2]

500cc and beyond[edit]

Okada stepped up to 500cc in 1996, helping develop the V-twin Honda NSR500V and finished the season in 7th overall. In 1997, he had three wins and finished second to Mick Doohan.[1][2] He missed several races in 1998 due to a wrist injury but bounced back in 1999 to finish third in the championship, with wins at Assen, Brno and Phillip Island.[1] Going into the final round of the season he was second in points, but lost out to final-race winner Kenny Roberts, Jr.. After a largely unsuccessful 2000 he switched to the Superbike World Championship for 2001, without winning a race although taking three podium finishes and 8th overall.[4] Okada chose to retire at the end of the year. He made a one-off wildcard appearance at the 2008 Italian Grand Prix at Mugello in June, finishing 14th, in the first race for the pneumatic valved Honda RC212V.[5]

Grand Prix career statistics[1][edit]

Points system from 1988 to 1992:

Position 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Points 20 17 15 13 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Points system from 1993 onwards:

Position 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Points 25 20 16 13 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Year Class Team Machine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Points Rank Wins
1989 250cc Cabin-Honda NSR250 JPN
6
AUS
-
USA
-
ESP
-
NAT
-
GER
-
AUT
-
YUG
-
NED
-
BEL
-
FRA
-
GBR
-
SWE
-
CZE
-
BRA
-
10 28th 0
1990 250cc Honda NSR250 JPN
RET
USA
-
ESP
-
NAT
-
GER
-
AUT
-
YUG
-
NED
-
BEL
-
FRA
-
GBR
-
SWE
-
CZE
-
HUN
-
AUS
-
0 - 0
1991 250cc Honda NSR250 JPN
RET
AUS
-
USA
-
ESP
-
ITA
-
GER
-
AUT
-
EUR
-
NED
-
FRA
-
GBR
-
RSM
-
CZE
-
VDM
-
MAL
-
0 - 0
1992 250cc HRC-Honda NSR250 JPN
2
AUS
-
MAL
-
ESP
-
ITA
-
EUR
-
GER
-
NED
-
HUN
-
FRA
-
GBR
-
BRA
-
RSA
-
15 13th 0
1993 250cc Rothmans-Honda NSR250 AUS
4
MAL
3
JPN
2
ESP
7
AUT
RET
GER
INJ
NED
RET
EUR
2
RSM
6
GBR
5
CZE
11
ITA
7
USA
9
FIM
RET
120 8th 0
1994 250cc Kanemoto-Honda NSR250 AUS
5
MAL
2
JPN
1
ESP
3
AUT
4
GER
5
NED
2
ITA
7
FRA
9
GBR
2
CZE
5
USA
4
ARG
1
EUR
4
214 2nd 2
1995 250cc HRC-Honda NSR250 AUS
RET
MAL
3
JPN
RET
ESP
6
GER
3
ITA
5
NED
3
FRA
3
GBR
8
CZE
7
BRA
3
ARG
7
EUR
7
136 4th 0
1996 500cc Repsol Honda NSR500V MAL
RET
INA
RET
JPN
4
ESP
3
ITA
7
FRA
RET
NED
13
GER
7
GBR
4
AUT
11
CZE
7
IMO
3
CAT
5
BRA
8
AUS
2
124 8th 0
1997 500cc Repsol Honda NSR500 MAL
10
JPN
3
ESP
3
ITA
RET
AUT
2
FRA
3
NED
12
IMO
5
GER
2
BRA
2
GBR
2
CZE
RET
CAT
6
INA
1
AUS
4
197 2nd 1
1998 500cc Repsol Honda NSR500 JPN
2
MAL
RET
ESP
7
ITA
INJ
FRA
INJ
MAD
INJ
NED
8
GBR
INJ
GER
INJ
CZE
4
IMO
7
CAT
2
AUS
9
ARG
2
106 8th 0
1999 500cc Repsol Honda NSR500 MAL
5
JPN
15
ESP
4
FRA
9
ITA
3
CAT
2
NED
1
GBR
2
GER
RET
CZE
1
IMO
4
VAL
4
AUS
1
RSA
4
BRA
7
ARG
RET
211 3rd 3
2000 500cc Repsol-Honda NSR500 RSA
RET
MAL
6
JPN
3
ESP
10
FRA
14
ITA
8
CAT
15
NED
11
GBR
10
GER
5
CZE
10
POR
7
VAL
9
BRA
9
PAC
10
AUS
9
107 11th 0
2008 MotoGP Repsol-Honda RC212V QAT
-
ESP
-
POR
-
CHN
-
FRA
-
ITA
14
CAT
-
GBR
-
NED
-
GER
-
USA
-
CZE
-
RSM
-
IND
-
JPN
-
AUS
-
MAL
-
VAL
-
2 21st 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Tadayuki OKADA". MotoGP.com. Retrieved 2008-10-23. 
  2. ^ a b c d Tadayuki Okada profile at crash.net
  3. ^ "All Japan Road Race Champions". motoracing-japan.com. Retrieved 14 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "Tadayuki Okada WSBK statistics". worldsbk.com. Retrieved 2013-02-14. 
  5. ^ "Honda about to make engine decision". Autosport.com. Retrieved 2008-06-01. 

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