Yoshimi Katayama

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Yoshimi Katayama
Yoshimi Katayma 1967.jpg
Katayama at the TT at the Dutch TT (24 June 1967)
Nationality Japan Japanese
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
Active years 19641967
First race 1964 125cc Japanese Grand Prix
Last race 1967 50cc Belgian Grand Prix
First win 1966 50cc Japanese Grand Prix
Last win 1967 50cc Dutch TT
Team(s) Suzuki
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
17 4 12 0 6 87

Yoshimi Katayama (片山義美 Katayama Yoshimi?, born May 15, 1940) is a former Grand Prix motorcycle road racer from Japan. Katayama began his Grand Prix career in 1964 with Suzuki. He enjoyed his best season in 1967 when he won two races and finished the season in second place behind his Suzuki team-mate, Hans-Georg Anscheidt in the 50cc world championship. He also finished the 1967 season in fourth place in the 125cc championship. Katayama won four Grand Prix races in his career.[1]

Katayama would later switch to cars, competing in domestic series mainly as Mazda's factory driver until he retired at the end of 1990. He finished second in the 1983 James Hardie 1000, held at the Mount Panorama Circuit in Bathurst, Australia co-driving with four time winner Allan Moffat in a factory supported Mazda RX-7. His previous visits to the race were in 1977 when he spectacularly rolled his Mazda RX-3 at Murray's Corner on lap 103,[2] and 1982 where he finished in 6th place again partnering Moffat.