Yoshikawa testing in 2011.
September 26, 1968 |
Yoshikawa won the All Japan Superbike Championship in 1994 and 1999. He also participated in the World Superbike Championship, finishing 9th in the 1996 season. In 2003 Yoshikawa finished second at the Suzuka 8 Hours, partnering Shinichi Nakatomi on a Yamaha YZF-R1.
Yoshikawa is a test rider for the Yamaha factory, and helped develop the Yamaha YZR-M1. On June 23, 2010 it was announced that Yoshikawa will replace the injured Valentino Rossi in the MotoGP Fiat Yamaha factory works team, until Rossi is again able to race.
Wataru Yoshikawa was the team manager of Yamaha's All Japan Road Race Championship factory team at the 39th "Coca-Cola Zero" Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Road Race held during July 28th to July 31st, 2016 at the Suzuka Circuit in Ino, Suzuka City, Mie Prefecture, Japan.
Superbike World Championship
Races by year
(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)
† Ineligible for championship points.
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
Races by year
(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, races in italics indicate fastest lap)
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- Beer, Matt (2010-06-23). "Test rider Yoshikawa to sub for Rossi". autosport.com. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 2010-06-23.
- "Yoshikawa to replace Rossi in Spain". GPOne. Partita IVA. 2010-06-23. Retrieved 2010-06-23.
- "Pol Espargaró Headlines Yamaha Suzuka 8 Hour Defense". BeIN Sports. 2016-07-28.