Team Japan

yoshio nakai:

AT WHAT AGE DID YOU RIDE A MOTORBIKE FIRST TIME?
I am riding 18 years now.

WHICH MODEL WAS YOU FIRST MOTORBIKE?
The first bike I owned was a HONDA XL250S.

WHY ENDURO?
I am trying to level up my riding skills with the Enduro.

WHO ARE YOUR IDOLS? WHY?
I respect Gaston Rahier, who took part at the Paris Dakar Rally and I can’t forget the brave figure he made, despite his little body.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR MOST EXTREME ENDURO EXPERIENCES?
A gravel road when you’re touring through Japan’s beautiful landscape.

WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE GS TROPHY?
To get good results without an accident and the experience.

WHAT GOALS DO YOU HAVE LEFT TO ACHIEVE WITH YOU ENDURO?
The International Bike tour, the desert run and the first time at GS Trophy.

WHO IS YOUR BIGGEST FAN?
The family (wife, children, mother) and my corporate colleagues.

ANYTHING ELSE YOU WANT TO SHARE?
We are prepared to participate and will do our best and are very thankful for every support.

SHIGECHIKA AIKAWA:

AT WHAT AGE DID YOU RIDE A MOTORBIKE FIRST TIME?
When I was 19 I road on my college days but I didn't ride on after I got a job. But several years ago I returned to a rider.

WHICH MODEL WAS YOU FIRST MOTORBIKE?
It was used to motorbike, YAMAHA RZ-250(on-road) first edition in 1986.

WHY ENDURO?
When I rode a YAMAHA RZ-250, the newest model at that time, I turned over very much and began to ride a YAMAHA DT-200R (off-road) to get some riding skills.

WHO ARE YOUR IDOLS? WHY?
My idol is Moto GP rider, Valentino Rossi, because he is the strongest rider in Moto GP history and I hope that 2012 BMW Moto GP team deals with Valentino Rossi.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR MOST EXTREME ENDURO EXPERIENCES?
I have broken the speed limit at the GS Trophy qualify day and I suspended driving license for a last month but luckily I resumed it this month.

WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE GS TROPHY?
It’s not because of the Trophy, I just want to enjoy make friends and feel a riding pleasure on the Nature!

WHAT GOALS DO YOU HAVE LEFT TO ACHIEVE WITH YOU ENDURO?
For enjoying, I will prepare a helmet camera. J I will record the GS trophy from my angle and put it on youtube.

WHO IS YOUR BIGGEST FAN?
My family, I have a wife and daughters. Of course, I love my family.

ANYTHING ELSE YOU WANT TO SHARE?
If it is possible, I try to drive, upstream from South Africa.

KOJI YAMAUCHI:

AT WHAT AGE DID YOU RIDE A MOTORBIKE FIRST TIME?
With 10 years.

WHICH MODEL WAS YOU FIRST MOTORBIKE?
HONDA Super Club 50

WHY ENDURO?
Simple but dynamic style is very attractive for me.

WHO ARE YOUR IDOLS? WHY?
Mr. Soichiro Honda, the founder of Honda Motor Co., Ltd, because he was a man who kept challenging himself.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR MOST EXTREME ENDURO EXPERIENCES?
While I was riding R 100 GS (standard condition) on a dry dirt road, I ran into a situation where the surface of the road was covered with small stones and even there I managed to surpass 160km/h (100mph) without any problems.

WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE GS TROPHY?
My goal for the GS Trophy is to perform to the best of my ability.

WHAT GOALS DO YOU HAVE LEFT TO ACHIEVE WITH YOU ENDURO?
I have not been able to customize my Enduro in design and functionality to my ideal yet.

WHO IS YOUR BIGGEST FAN?
My family.

ANYTHING ELSE YOU WANT TO SHARE?
I thank BMW for giving me the chance to go to my Mecca, South Africa.