Mitsuo Itoh

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Mitsuo Itoh
Nationality Japanese
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
Active years 1961 - 1967
First race 1961 Isle of Man 125cc Ultra-Lightweight TT
Last race 1967 50cc Japanese Grand Prix
First win 1963 Isle of Man 50cc Ultra-Lightweight TT
Last win 1967 50cc Japanese Grand Prix
Team(s) Suzuki
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
29 2 13 0 1 93

Mitsuo Itoh (伊藤光夫 Itō Mitsuo?) (born January 1, 1937) is a former Grand Prix motorcycle road racer from Japan.[1]

Itoh began his Grand Prix career in 1961 at the Isle of Man TT. He finished in fifth place in the 50cc world championships, four consecutive years between 1962 and 1965. In 1963, Itoh became the first Japanese rider to win a race at the Isle of Man TT when he claimed the 50cc Ultra-Lightweight TT. He remains the only Japanese rider to have won an Isle of Man TT race.[2] Itoh won two Grand Prix races during his career.[1] Itoh stayed with Suzuki for most of his racing career, even for his brief foray into car racing.

In cars[edit]

Itoh competed in a Can-Am style Suzuki Fronte RF single-seater in the JAF Grand Prix Formula Junior "Junior Seven Challenge Cup" race, held at Fuji International Speedway in 1970. He won the race with an average speed of 130.9 km/h.[3] While he was also supposed to have started in the JAF Grand Prix Tournament (also at Fuji) two weeks later, the Junior Seven Challenge Cup victory remained his only start in a JAF race.[4] Itoh also famously partnered with Stirling Moss in December 1968 for a publicity high-speed run along Italy's 750 km (466 mi) Autostrada del Sole, which leads from Milan to Naples. In the end, the average speed attained was 122.44 km/h (76.08 mph), respectable for a car with a mere 356 cc engine.[5]

Motorcycle Grand Prix results[1][6][edit]

Position 1 2 3 4 5 6
Points 8 6 4 3 2 1

(key) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Class Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Points Rank Wins
1961 125cc Suzuki ESP
-
GER
-
FRA
-
IOM
NC
NED
-
BEL
-
DDR
-
ULS
-
NAT
-
SWE
-
ARG
-
0 - 0
250cc Suzuki ESP
-
GER
-
FRA
-
IOM
NC
NED
-
BEL
-
DDR
-
ULS
-
NAT
-
SWE
-
ARG
-
0 - 0
1962 50cc Suzuki ESP
-
FRA
6
IOM
5
NED
5
BEL
-
GER
3
DDR
2
NAT
2
FIN
-
ARG
4
23 5th 0
125cc Suzuki ESP
-
FRA
-
IOM
-
NED
-
BEL
-
GER
-
ULS
-
DDR
-
NAT
-
FIN
-
ARG
3
4 13th 0
1963 50cc Suzuki ESP
-
GER
5
FRA
-
IOM
1
NED
5
BEL
5
FIN
-
ARG
-
JPN
6
20 5th 1
125cc Suzuki ESP
-
GER
-
FRA
-
IOM
-
NED
-
BEL
-
ULS
-
DDR
-
FIN
-
NAT
-
ARG
-
JPN
6
1 20th 0
1964 50cc Suzuki USA
3
ESP
3
FRA
-
IOM
5
NED
3
BEL
4
GER
3
FIN
-
JPN
-
19 5th 0
125cc Suzuki USA
2
ESP
-
FRA
-
IOM
-
NED
-
GER
-
DDR
-
ULS
-
FIN
-
NAT
-
JPN
-
6 8th 0
1965 50cc Suzuki USA
-
GER
4
ESP
-
FRA
4
IOM
NC
NED
4
BEL
4
JPN
3
16 5th 0
1966 50cc Suzuki ESP
-
GER
-
NED
-
IOM
NC
NAT
-
JPN
4
3 6th 0
125cc Suzuki ESP
-
GER
-
NED
-
DDR
-
CZE
-
FIN
-
ULS
-
IOM
-
NAT
-
JPN
3
4 9th 0
1967 50cc Suzuki ESP
-
GER
-
FRA
-
IOM
-
NED
-
BEL
-
JPN
1
8 6th 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Mitsuo Itoh career statistics". motogp.com. Retrieved 28 December 2010. 
  2. ^ "Mitsuo Itoh profile". iomtt.com. Retrieved 28 December 2010. 
  3. ^ "Motorsports Results: Junior Seven Challenge Cup Race 1970". Japan Automobile Federation. Retrieved 2012-02-07. 
  4. ^ "Motorsports Results: Driver: Mitsuo Itoh". Japan Automobile Federation. Retrieved 2012-02-07. 
  5. ^ Ozeki, Kazuo (2007). Suzuki Story: Small Cars, Big Ambitions (in Japanese). Tokyo: Miki Press. p. 31. ISBN 978-4-89522-503-8. 
  6. ^ "Mitsuo Itoh Isle of Man TT results". iomtt.com. Retrieved 28 December 2010.