Katsuyuki Nakasuga has done it again with his Yamaha YZF-R1 by clinching the JSB1000 premier-class title on last weekend. Riding with Yamaha Factory Racing Team, the Japanese rider has dominated the competition on Round 5 of the 2021 All Japan Road Race Championship, held at Suzuka Circuit in Mie Prefecture, Japan on 18th July 2021. The Japanese rider also make a historic record as it was his tenth JSB1000 premier-class title of his career.
Since Nakasuga began competing in the class in 2005, he has gone on to surpass the exploits of many of his Yamaha predecessors, resetting records for himself but also writing a legendary resume on the racetrack on his way to this tenth title. Nakasuga’s achievements include a five-year title-winning streak (2012–2016) and 60 career race wins, and his penchant for rewriting records has put him in a league of his own in the All Japan Road Race Championship’s 54-season history.
In the race, Nakasuga raced on a YZF-R1 donning a special red and white livery commemorating Yamaha’s 60 years in Grand Prix racing. He won both Race 1 and Race 2 to not only record 60 career victories but also clinch his tenth JSB1000 championship title. Currently on a seven-win streak from the opening round, Nakasuga has won every round this season, and he aims to keep his run of form for the final two rounds and complete the season with a career-best 10-win streak and a full lockout of the podium’s top step.
“Even if I’d won the title every year, the fact that this record has taken me 10 years to set means it’s one I can really be proud of. I’m glad that I’ve always had the potential to run at the front since I joined the top team in 2006, and I’m very grateful to Yamaha for that opportunity. I’ve been racing in Japan for a long time now, and for the entire time I’ve been striving to be somebody needed here. Taking my 10th title gives me a lot of confidence going forward in my racing activities. And for the 60 wins in JSB1000, I’ve approached every race with the goal of winning it, and I know that’s what has led me to winning titles. So the number of wins is something I can also definitely be proud of. I’m thankful to Yamaha for always giving me a great machines to ride, to my team that’s prepared the YZF-R1 to be very competitive in each race, and to all the fans who have cheered me on to every win.”
Team Manager Wataru Yoshikawa
“10-time champion is truly an amazing record, and 60 career wins is something very special too. I honestly don’t think either record will ever be broken. Since Nakasuga joined the team we’ve helped each other out, put pressure on each other, and set lots of records together as we did it. He has the perspective of being the top rider in Japan now, and he told me that he finally understands some of the things I was trying to tell him back in the day. It’s often said that when people gain experience they can come to understand many things they couldn’t when they were younger, and since Nakasuga has established himself as one of the top riders in Yamaha and in Japan, I’m looking forward to the day he’ll be able to train and work with younger riders.”