Brazil the Federative Republic of Brazil, is the largest country in both South America and Latin America. At 8.5 million square kilometers and with over 208 million people, Brazil is the world's fifth-largest country by area and the fifth most populous. Its capital is Brasília, its most populated city is São Paulo; the federation is composed of the union of the 26 states, the Federal District, the 5,570 municipalities. It is the largest country to have Portuguese as an official language and the only one in the Americas. Bounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the east, Brazil has a coastline of 7,491 kilometers, it borders all other South American countries except Ecuador and Chile and covers 47.3% of the continent's land area. Its Amazon River basin includes a vast tropical forest, home to diverse wildlife, a variety of ecological systems, extensive natural resources spanning numerous protected habitats; this unique environmental heritage makes Brazil one of 17 megadiverse countries, is the subject of significant global interest and debate regarding deforestation and environmental protection.
Brazil was inhabited by numerous tribal nations prior to the landing in 1500 of explorer Pedro Álvares Cabral, who claimed the area for the Portuguese Empire. Brazil remained a Portuguese colony until 1808, when the capital of the empire was transferred from Lisbon to Rio de Janeiro. In 1815, the colony was elevated to the rank of kingdom upon the formation of the United Kingdom of Portugal and the Algarves. Independence was achieved in 1822 with the creation of the Empire of Brazil, a unitary state governed under a constitutional monarchy and a parliamentary system; the ratification of the first constitution in 1824 led to the formation of a bicameral legislature, now called the National Congress. The country became a presidential republic in 1889 following a military coup d'état. An authoritarian military junta came to power in 1964 and ruled until 1985, after which civilian governance resumed. Brazil's current constitution, formulated in 1988, defines it as a democratic federal republic. Due to its rich culture and history, the country ranks thirteenth in the world by number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Brazil is considered an advanced emerging economy. It has the ninth largest GDP in the world by nominal, eight and PPP measures, it is one of the world's major breadbaskets, being the largest producer of coffee for the last 150 years. It is classified as an upper-middle income economy by the World Bank and a newly industrialized country, with the largest share of global wealth in Latin America. Brazil is a regional power and sometimes considered a great or a middle power in international affairs. On account of its international recognition and influence, the country is subsequently classified as an emerging power and a potential superpower by several analysts. Brazil is a founding member of the United Nations, the G20, BRICS, Union of South American Nations, Organization of American States, Organization of Ibero-American States and the Community of Portuguese Language Countries, it is that the word "Brazil" comes from the Portuguese word for brazilwood, a tree that once grew plentifully along the Brazilian coast.
In Portuguese, brazilwood is called pau-brasil, with the word brasil given the etymology "red like an ember", formed from brasa and the suffix -il. As brazilwood produces a deep red dye, it was valued by the European textile industry and was the earliest commercially exploited product from Brazil. Throughout the 16th century, massive amounts of brazilwood were harvested by indigenous peoples along the Brazilian coast, who sold the timber to European traders in return for assorted European consumer goods; the official Portuguese name of the land, in original Portuguese records, was the "Land of the Holy Cross", but European sailors and merchants called it the "Land of Brazil" because of the brazilwood trade. The popular appellation eclipsed and supplanted the official Portuguese name; some early sailors called it the "Land of Parrots". In the Guarani language, an official language of Paraguay, Brazil is called "Pindorama"; this was the name the indigenous population gave to the region, meaning "land of the palm trees".
Some of the earliest human remains found in the Americas, Luzia Woman, were found in the area of Pedro Leopoldo, Minas Gerais and provide evidence of human habitation going back at least 11,000 years. The earliest pottery found in the Western Hemisphere was excavated in the Amazon basin of Brazil and radiocarbon dated to 8,000 years ago; the pottery was found near Santarém and provides evidence that the tropical forest region supported a complex prehistoric culture. The Marajoara culture flourished on Marajó in the Amazon delta from 800 CE to 1400 CE, developing sophisticated pottery, social stratification, large populations, mound building, complex social formations such as chiefdoms. Around the time of the Portuguese arrival, the territory of current day Brazil had an estimated indigenous population of 7 million people semi-nomadic who subsisted on hunting, fishing and migrant agriculture; the indigenous population of Brazil comprised several large indigenous ethnic groups. The Tupí people were subdivided into the Tupiniquins and Tupinambás, there were many subdivisions of the other gro
Syarikat Motosikal dan Enjin Nasional Sdn. Bhd, or known as Modenas for short is a Malaysian national motorcycle company producing various small motorcycle models below 400cc targeted for local market and export; the company's headquarters and factory are located at the small town of Gurun, Malaysia. The history of the company began at the early 1990s. After the success of Malaysian automotive manufacturer Proton, the government looked forward to launch a national motorcycle project. Modenas was formed in 1995 and majority of its shares were held by Kawasaki, Khazanah Nasional and DRB-HICOM. Modenas achieved its 1,000,000th unit production in June 2007. Modenas is exporting its products to 17 countries worldwide with Greece and South America being the largest importer. Modenas produces motorcycle models ranging below 250 cc. Most models are scooter models and Honda Super Cub compatible mopeds, or known by Malaysians as cub仔. Modenas Kriss is the first model launched by Modenas in 1996; the model is named after a Malay traditional weapon, though some motorcycle shops in the United Kingdom had mistakenly advertised the model to be named from the acronym of a famous American motorcycle racer, Kenny Roberts because Modenas had once built some racing motorcycles for Modenas KR Motorcycle Grand Prix team.
It was previewed to the public during Malaysian National Day parade in 1996 and began production at the end of 1996. The original model only uses drum brakes, but in 1999 the front disc brake model was launched, known as Kriss 2. Powered by 111 cc Kawasaki-developed engines, Modenas Kriss becomes the best-selling motorcycle model in Malaysia. Another Kriss variant known as Kriss SG was launched in 2002. However, unlike other Kriss variants, this model did not sell well due to its outdated design. All Kriss series variants outcame major cosmetic changes in 2003 at the lights for newer, better looks. In 2005, all Kriss 110 variants have been phased out to make way for production of Kristar, leaving only Kriss 100 as the sole variant of Kriss. However, Modenas decided to bring back the Kriss 110 into production in August 2006 due to high demand from the customers, known as Kriss 110SE; this is the Modenas Newest Kriss Motorcycle. Since Kriss is the most good selling motorcycle in Malaysia, Modenas decided to bring Kriss back and called them Kriss 110 SE.
After the success of Kriss variants to dominate 110 cc small motorcycle segment in Malaysian market, Modenas launched another Kriss variant, this time with a 97 cc engine developed by Modenas. This model uses the same components as its other Kriss ` brothers' except the engine. However, there is no disc brake option available for Kriss 100; the Modenas KR3 was the first racing motorcycle produced by Modenas. It featured a 500 cc V3 engine, different from most 500 cc Motorcycle GP which used 4-cylinder engines; the KR3 was built by Modenas for Team Roberts Motorcycle Grand Prix team from 1997 to 2001 before taken over by Proton from 2002 to 2004 with the same machine before the team moved to Proton KR5 machines. In 1999, Modenas launched a small cruiser model based on popular Kawasaki Eliminator 125 cruiser series; this model is aimed for bikers who wish to own larger motorcycles that are based upon the style of American cruiser motorcycles but cannot afford to own them, due to high duties on imported motorcycles placed by the government and refusal of the banks to finance loans on large motorcycles.
During these recent years and more scooter models were introduced in Malaysia. However, Kawasaki never produced any scooters, therefore Modenas had to source from a Taiwanese scooter company for the technology transfer; the earliest production batches suffered poor handling, after some improvements the handling of this model became better and Modenas Karisma dominates the Malaysian scooter market since 2004. On August 2003, Modenas introduced three scooters, based on models produced by PGO Scooters of Taiwan; as the great competitor of scooter producer such as Suzuki VS, Yamaha and Honda. Modenas Elit scooter a rebadged PGO Scooters T-Rex was launched as an alternative to the Karisma model, in two displacement choices – 125 cc and the larger, more powerful 150 cc variant. Another PGO-based 150 cc model, the PGO G-Max 150 was introduced as the "Modenas Elit Sports" in Malaysia, with a more aggressive engine tuning, alloy swing-arm and different more solid chassis/new era body design; the standard engine of Elit Sport 150 cc pick up and top speed can beat Standard Cup Motors such as Honda EX5 100, Honda Wave 125, Modenas Kriss 110, Modenas Kriss 120, Yamaha Lagenda 100 and 115, Nouvo LC 135.
Modenas Ceria scooter was launched together with the Elit model. Based on a PGO, this more retro-styled scooter uses a smaller 101 cc engine, making Ceria the scooter with the smallest displacement produced by Modenas. After years producing only 4-stroke powered motorcycles, Modenas launched its first 2-stroke motorcycle, Dinamik together with Elit and Ceria scooters, it is claimed by Modenas that this model exceeded Euro 2 emission standards without the addition of a catalytic converter. This model was built by Modenas as a preparation to take part in Malaysian Cub Prix tournament which are dominated by Yamaha machines. During the tournament, Modenas increases the displacement up to 125 cc to provide more power and torque. At the end of February 2004, Modenas launched Modenas Elegan; this model is targeted for those who wan
Loris Capirossi is an Italian former Grand Prix motorcycle road racer, who competed between 1990 and 2011. He is a former 250cc World Champion for Aprilia, is the first Grand Prix rider to make at least 300 race starts, having made his 300th start at the 2010 season-opening Qatar Grand Prix. Capirossi is the Safety Advisor to Dorna Sports, the commercial rights holder of Grand Prix motorcycle racing. Capirossi made his World Championship debut at 125cc level, in his first full season of Grands Prix he took his first title aged only seventeen, he finished in the top six on ten occasions, eight of them on the podium, took wins in Britain and Australia. The massed Italian contingent helped him out by boxing in and thwarting his closest rival Hans Spaan of the Netherlands in the final round, to end a controversial season, which Capirossi won with 182 points scored, his second season was better, saw him defend the 125 title comfortably. He was only once off the front row of the grid, had five pole positions, as well as four fastest laps.
From thirteen rounds, he was on the rostrum for twelve, finished sixth in the other. He came second five times, was a winner in Australia and three European venues, his 225 points, 200 of them counted, were enough to help him move up to the 250cc class. During this second season and his team were sponsored by AGV Helmets and AGV Sport leathers. Capirossi moved up to 250cc class for the 1992 season on a year-old bike. In 1993 Capirossi made his first win at Netherlands and added another two in San Marino and United States, but finished second and only four points behind Harada, it was the same in 1994, this time with one more win. He finished third at the end of the season behind Tadayuki Okada; the 1995 season was Capirossi's first season in the top-level 500cc championship. He was aboard a Pileri Honda, although he qualified better than he raced, he still took 6th in the championship. In 1996 Capirossi retired from five of the first seven races, but thereafter he was in the points and won the final race in Australia riding for Wayne Rainey's Yamaha team.
Capirossi returned to the 250cc championship for 1997. He battled his Aprilia teammate, Tetsuya Harada down to the final race of the 1998 season when the two riders were involved in a controversial incident in Argentina. Harada was leading the race into the final corner of the final lap when Harada's bike was rammed from behind by Capirossi's machine, sending the Japanese rider off the track. Valentino Rossi took the victory whilst Capirossi recovered to claim second place and the world championship. Aprilia would release him during the off-season, he moved to Honda for the 1999 season. He was involved in further controversy in the 1999 season, being black flagged at Mugello for dangerous riding after being involved in an incident with Marcellino Lucchi at the start of the race, as well as passing under yellow flags. Capirossi returned to the 500cc championship for 2000, remained there through its evolution to the 990cc and 800cc four-stroke MotoGP era, he finished 7th overall, one point behind Carlos Checa.
The 2001 season was better than the year before. It was the last season for the 500cc class, but for the 2002 season Capirossi found that he would ride inferior bikes from 2001, it was a less competitive year, hampered by a wrist injury in the seventh race of the season when he missed the chicane and turned from the track. He was not given access to Honda's four-stroke machine in late 2002 when teammate Alex Barros was, as he was to leave the team. In 2003 he joined Ducati, taking their first win at Barcelona and fourth overall in the championship, before a disappointing 2004 season on a bike with huge straight line speed but a lack of grip, he stayed in the team for the 2005 season, which saw him become competitive by the end of the year, taking two victories in Japan and Malaysia, aided by improving Bridgestone tyres. Capirossi and Ducati started the 2006 season with a striking victory at Jerez, he placed second in both the French and Italian Grands Prix, tying for first in the Moto GP standings with American Nicky Hayden.
However, he was caught up in a multiple bike collision at the start in Barcelona, missing the restart and losing championship ground to Hayden. Though he was knocked out in this horrendous looking accident, he did not suffer serious injuries beyond significant bruising, he returned for the next round, but a run of less competitive results saw him slip to fifth in the standings before the race at Brno. He started second, took the lead at the start, pulled away from the field for an easy victory, he attributed this to a late setup change that the team believed could be applied to the bike at all circuits. He moved up in the championship standings to finish third overall, after taking second at the final race behind stand-in teammate Troy Bayliss.2007 was not as strong a season for Capirossi. Following the conclusion of the United States Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Ducati announced the signing of Marco Melandri and the extension of Casey Stoner's contract for the 2008 and 2009 seasons.
This left Capirossi without a firm position on the Marlboro Ducati team. Capirossi was not informed of the decision before the story was released to the press, much to his displeasure. On 16 August 2007, Capirossi announced that he would ride with the Suzuki factory team in the 2008 and 2009 seasons, alongside Australian Chris Vermeulen.2008 was a less competitive seaso
Marco Melandri is an Italian motorcycle road racer. He races in the Superbike World Championship. After losing his position with the Ducati factory team in 2018, he signed for Italy-based GRT team using Yamaha R1 machines in 2019 with teammate Sandro Cortese. Melandri is a former 250 cc World Champion in 2002, which he followed up by finishing second overall in MotoGP in 2005. Melandri was born in Ravenna, he was introduced to racing by a former rider Loris Reggiani at the age of six. He came through the ranks from minibikes and the Italian and European 125cc championship. In 1997, Melandri won the Italian 125cc championship finishing 4th in European 125cc championship. In addition to his European success, he made his debut in 125cc world championship at Brno, Czech Republic as a wild card rider. After impressing in Italian and European championship in 1997, Melandri got his chance to compete in 1998 125cc world championship as a regular, he rode Honda 125cc bike under Benetton Honda Team. He went on to impress many as he earned his first podium in the fourth race of the season, where he finished second in his home Grand Prix at Mugello, Italy.
His brilliant debut season continued. He won this race at the age of 15 years and 324 days which made him the youngest Grand Prix winner, at the time. Overall, he won two Grand Prix in his debut season and therefore he finished the season at 3rd position in overall standings behind champion Kazuto Sakata and runner-up Tomomi Manako, he remained on the same team in 1999, where he bid to win the 125cc world championship. He went on to win 5 Grand Prix but failed to win the championship, finishing second behind Emilio Alzamora with just a single point difference. Failure in securing his first world championship did not stop his rise to 250cc world championship in 2000. Melandri was signed by Aprilia in 2000 to replace another Italian Valentino Rossi who left the team and 250cc class for 500cc class, he was expected to take over Rossi's shoes and to win the 250cc world championship. However, his debut season did not start as well as the expectation, he struggled to adapt to higher competition. He failed to win any Grand Prix in 2000, managing only 4 podiums, all came late in the season.
Despite these problems, he still finishes the season at 5th position overall. In 2001, his performances were improving, he managed to win his first 250cc Grand Prix at Germany. However, it was his only win in 2001. Despite managing to appear on the podium on 9 occasions, he never challenged for the championship, he finished the season in 3rd position behind runner-up Tetsuya Harada. 2002 proved to be Melandri's chance to shine. With 2001 champion and runner-up, Kato and Harada moved to MotoGP class, he became the strongest contender for the championship, he dominated the season by collecting 3 additional podiums. After challenging for world championship for years, he won the 250cc world title, he became the youngest 250cc world champion at the age of 20 years and 74 days until Dani Pedrosa broke his record in 2004. After securing the 250cc world title in 2002, Melandri moved up to MotoGP class to spearhead Yamaha factory team alongside Carlos Checa in 2003 replacing the departing Max Biaggi; the Yamaha was less competitive than Honda and Ducati, although Melandri at times showed good speed, he struggled to turn this into good results.
He finished the season in fifteenth position without collecting any podiums. He joined Tech 3 in 2004 alongside Norick Abe; this season, he again struggled to get top results. Although he managed to collect two consecutive podiums, a series of crashes and retirements kept him out of the top 10 in overall standings, he finished the season in twelfth position. Released from his Yamaha contract after the 2004 season, Melandri was the surprise choice of boss Fausto Gresini to join Sete Gibernau in the Movistar Honda team for the 2005 MotoGP campaign. Melandri was remarkably successful with Movistar Honda in 2005, with a consistent run of podium finishes early in the season taking his first two wins in the final two races of 2005 to clinch second place in the championship. In doing so, he was the first Honda rider to win back-to-back races for nearly two years, winning the final two rounds of the MotoGP Championship at Istanbul and in Valencia. Although he never challenged his best friend Valentino Rossi for the title, he finished the season as runner-up, with a total of two wins and five other podiums.
Melandri rode for Gresini's Fortuna Honda team alongside Toni Elías in the 2006 season. With Rossi struggling to find consistency, he was a major challenger, along with Ducati's Loris Capirossi and Honda riders Nicky Hayden and Dani Pedrosa, he again won despite starting from fourteenth on the grid. He managed further wins at Le Mans and Phillip Island, Australia, he finished the season in just one point behind Capirossi. In 2007, Melandri and Elias remained in the Honda Gresini team, now sponsored by Hannspree. Honda's 800cc machine was not competitive. Melandri finished on the podium at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and Le Mans – at this point he and works rider Dani Pedrosa were the only Honda riders with multiple podiums, he finished fifth overall, second only to Pedrosa among the Honda riders. After Melandri's 3rd-place finish in the 2007 USA's MotoGP round, Ducati announced that he would join its factory team alongside Casey Stoner for 2008 and 2009, but 2008 proved disastrous, with a run of uncompetitive runs leaving him behind the semi-works Alice Team bikes of Toni Elías and Sylvain Guin
New Zealand is a sovereign island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country geographically comprises two main landmasses—the North Island, the South Island —and around 600 smaller islands. New Zealand is situated some 2,000 kilometres east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and 1,000 kilometres south of the Pacific island areas of New Caledonia and Tonga; because of its remoteness, it was one of the last lands to be settled by humans. During its long period of isolation, New Zealand developed a distinct biodiversity of animal and plant life; the country's varied topography and its sharp mountain peaks, such as the Southern Alps, owe much to the tectonic uplift of land and volcanic eruptions. New Zealand's capital city is Wellington. Sometime between 1250 and 1300, Polynesians settled in the islands that were named New Zealand and developed a distinctive Māori culture. In 1642, Dutch explorer Abel Tasman became the first European to sight New Zealand. In 1840, representatives of the United Kingdom and Māori chiefs signed the Treaty of Waitangi, which declared British sovereignty over the islands.
In 1841, New Zealand became a colony within the British Empire and in 1907 it became a dominion. Today, the majority of New Zealand's population of 4.9 million is of European descent. Reflecting this, New Zealand's culture is derived from Māori and early British settlers, with recent broadening arising from increased immigration; the official languages are English, Māori, NZ Sign Language, with English being dominant. A developed country, New Zealand ranks in international comparisons of national performance, such as quality of life, education, protection of civil liberties, economic freedom. New Zealand underwent major economic changes during the 1980s, which transformed it from a protectionist to a liberalised free-trade economy; the service sector dominates the national economy, followed by the industrial sector, agriculture. Nationally, legislative authority is vested in an elected, unicameral Parliament, while executive political power is exercised by the Cabinet, led by the prime minister Jacinda Ardern.
Queen Elizabeth II is the country's monarch and is represented by a governor-general Dame Patsy Reddy. In addition, New Zealand is organised into 11 regional councils and 67 territorial authorities for local government purposes; the Realm of New Zealand includes Tokelau. New Zealand is a member of the United Nations, Commonwealth of Nations, ANZUS, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, ASEAN Plus Six, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, the Pacific Community and the Pacific Islands Forum. Dutch explorer Abel Tasman sighted New Zealand in 1642 and named it Staten Land "in honour of the States General", he wrote, "it is possible that this land joins to the Staten Land but it is uncertain", referring to a landmass of the same name at the southern tip of South America, discovered by Jacob Le Maire in 1616. In 1645, Dutch cartographers renamed the land Nova Zeelandia after the Dutch province of Zeeland. British explorer James Cook subsequently anglicised the name to New Zealand. Aotearoa is the current Māori name for New Zealand.
It is unknown whether Māori had a name for the whole country before the arrival of Europeans, with Aotearoa referring to just the North Island. Māori had several traditional names for the two main islands, including Te Ika-a-Māui for the North Island and Te Waipounamu or Te Waka o Aoraki for the South Island. Early European maps labelled the islands North and South. In 1830, maps began to use North and South to distinguish the two largest islands and by 1907 this was the accepted norm; the New Zealand Geographic Board discovered in 2009 that the names of the North Island and South Island had never been formalised, names and alternative names were formalised in 2013. This set the names as North Island or Te Ika-a-Māui, South Island or Te Waipounamu. For each island, either its English or Māori name can be used. New Zealand was one of the last major landmasses settled by humans. Radiocarbon dating, evidence of deforestation and mitochondrial DNA variability within Māori populations suggest New Zealand was first settled by Eastern Polynesians between 1250 and 1300, concluding a long series of voyages through the southern Pacific islands.
Over the centuries that followed, these settlers developed a distinct culture now known as Māori. The population was divided into iwi and hapū who would sometimes cooperate, sometimes compete and sometimes fight against each other. At some point a group of Māori migrated to Rēkohu, now known as the Chatham Islands, where they developed their distinct Moriori culture; the Moriori population was all but wiped out between 1835 and 1862 because of Taranaki Māori invasion and enslavement in the 1830s, although European diseases contributed. In 1862 only 101 survived, the last known full-blooded Moriori died in 1933; the first Europeans known to have reached New Zeala
Régis Laconi is a French former professional motorcycle racer. In 2009 he competed in the Superbike World Championship for DFX on a Ducati, he was runner-up in 2004, has won races in both Grand Prix in 500cc engine capacity classification and the Superbike World Championship. Laconi has Italian father, he started racing in 1991 in the French 125cc championship. He won this title in 1992, the French 250cc title a year and the European 250cc champion in 1994. For 1995 he went to the 250cc World Championship, but was never a front-runner in his two seasons there. 1997 was his first season on a 500cc Grand Prix bike, but his World Championship season was marred by injury, missing four rounds after being run over twice in a first-turn incident at the A1 Ring. With Red Bull backing he returned for 1998, he finished 10th, 11th and 12th in the series in this time, but won at Valencia in 1999 For 2001 he was a factory Aprilia WSBK rider. He led the first lap of the season, but struggled for much of the season on circuits he did not know.
Until the final round at Imola his best result was a 4th, but he benefitted from knowing this circuit. He qualified 2nd, won the second race, after running in race 1 before being taken out by a fall for champion Troy Bayliss. A move to MotoGP for 2002 was not successful, with a best result of 8th, so for 2003 he returned to WSBK for the Caracchi Ducati team, doing enough to earn a factory ride for 2004 by taking 5 podium finishes, finishing 4th in a weakened championship, he and team-mate James Toseland were clear favourites for the 2004 title, which Toseland took at the final round of the season, in spite of Régis taking 5 poles and 7 wins, having what is seen as the stronger team of mechanics. His 2005 season was interrupted by injury, for 2006 he switched to Kawasaki PSG-1 Corse, he finished the season behind his two team-mates in the championship, taking 15th place, with Chris Walker in 9th and Fonsi Nieto in 10th. He finished 10th overall, he continues with the same team for 2008. At Misano the team ran in a localised San Marino livery, but both he and team-mate Makoto Tamada crashed in race 1, forcing Laconi to run race 2 in the conventional green Kawasaki livery.
For 2009 Laconi switched to private Ducatis. Results were strong early in the season, however he was injured when he crashed during the opening moments of the first practice of the Kyalami round of the World Superbike Championship; as of 20 May 2009 it was reported that Laconi awakened from his medically induced coma and is reported to have full movement in his arms and legs. Laconi has undergone surgery to clasp his cervical vertebrae back together and it is expected he will remain immobile for some time. Laconi returned for an exploratory test for the DFX Corse Ducati Team at Misano in June 2010 following his horrific crash at Kyalami in 2009. Regis had been training on his bicycle and after more than 70 laps with a best time of 1'37"800, he proved that his talent is still intact, but any thoughts of returning to racing for the moment are premature and groundless. The friendship that ties Regis to team manager Daniele Carli enabled the test to take place. Sportnetwork.net Rider profile
Kazuto Sakata is a former Grand Prix motorcycle road racer. He was a two-time F. I. M. 125cc world champion. Sakata began his Grand Prix career in 1991 and by the 1993 season, finished second to Dirk Raudies in the 125cc class on a Honda. In 1994, he became the first Japanese rider to race for a European factory when he signed with the Aprilia factory, he repaid them by winning the 125cc championship that year. He repeated as champion in 1998 after a tight points battle with Marco Melandri, he retired after the 1999 season