Akira Watanabe (motorcyclist)

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Akira Watanabe
Akira Watanabe Circuit Montgai 1978.jpg
Watanabe in 1978
Nationality Japanese
Born 1954 (age 63–64)
Utsunomiya, Japan
Motocross career
Years active 1975 - 1982
Teams Suzuki
Championships 125cc - 1978
Wins 7

Akira Watanabe (渡辺明, Watanabe Akira, born 1954 in Utsunomiya) is a Japanese former professional motocross racer. He was the F.I.M. 125cc Motocross World Champion in 1978 while riding for the Suzuki factory racing team.[1] He remains the only Japanese rider to win a motocross world championship.

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