TOKYO, Japan, June 12, 2014 - Honda Racing Corporation and 2004 FIM Trial World Champion, Takahisa Fujinami have extended their contract, confirming his position in the Repsol Honda Team until 2015 season, marking his 20th year in the World Championship.
It was 1996 when Fujinami had his debut race in the World Championship at the age of 16, and just one year later he won the first of 32 victories of his career, so far. His most recent victory was during the inaugural race of the 2014 season in Australia. Fujinami has gotten 150 podium finishes, which is the highest in the current active riders in the Trial World Championship.
"I am very happy to be able to make the announcement that I will be part of the Repsol Honda Team one more season. Since I was 16 years old, I have had a contract with Honda, and with the Repsol Honda Team I will compete my 20th year in the World Championship. It is for this reason that I am very proud of being able to continue with Honda. Renewing a contract at this early is very important to me and is, without a doubt, one more reason that motivates me to compete. I am also very happy to hear that Toni Bou has also been renewed; he is the team's number one and a good friend. This is a great team, the best in the Championship."
Shuhei Nakamoto, Executive Vice President of Honda Racing Corporation
"We are very satisfied that Takahisa Fujinami will continue riding for the Repsol Honda Team. As most of you already know Takahisa has been competing in the Trial World Championship for the last 19 years and is the only Japanese rider who has been a constant contender for the Championship. He is a unique competitor, and he has great ability as well as a will of iron: so far this season, he won the first day in Australia and ended in third position after the first day of the Japanese Grand Prix while suffering from a knee injury. He will continue riding for us and for all the motorcycle racing fans next season, too."
Takahisa Fujinami's Statistics
2004 Outdoor Trial World Champion
7 times 2nd in the Outdoor Trial World Championship
5 times 3rd in the Outdoor Trial World Championship
2004 2nd in the Indoor Trial World Championship
5 times Japanese Trial Champion
Date of birth: January 13, 1980
Place of birth: Mie - Japan
Weight: 68 kg
Height: 171 cm
Hobbies: Music, tennis