1997 All Japan Superbike Championship

Two-time champion Takuma Aoki's ascension to Honda's 500cc Grand Prix team brought his 19-year-old team-mate Yuichi Takeda into the spotlight. Already marked as a future superstar after winning his debut World Superbike race as a wildcard in 1996, Takeda acquitted himself well in the first half of the season by trading wins with Noriyuki Haga in the first 6 races. Like Aoki in 1994 however, inconsistency cost him heavily in the second half of the year; Haga, now an official Marlboro Yamaha rider, capitalised with 3 consecutive wins which gave him the title with one round still to run. Katsuaki Fujiwara gave Suzuki their best Superbike season to date and vaulted to 2nd in the points with run of impressive late-season results, putting Takeda back to a still-impressive 3rd. The experienced Wataru Yoshikawa (Yamaha) and Shin'ichi Ito (Honda) backed up their younger teammates with 4th and 5th in the standings.

DateRd.CircuitEvent NameData
1997-03-161Japan Suzuka'97 All Japan Road Race Championship Series Round 1GO!
1997-04-272Japan Sugo'97 All Japan Road Race Championship Series Round 2GO!
1997-05-183Japan Tsukuba'97 All Japan Road Race Championship Series Round 3GO!
1997-06-014Japan Suzuka'97 All Japan Road Race Championship Series Round 4GO!
1997-06-225Japan Fuji'97 All Japan Road Race Championship Series Round 5GO!
1997-07-066Japan Sugo'97 All Japan Road Race Championship Series Round 6GO!
1997-08-107Japan CP MINE'97 All Japan Road Race Championship Series Round 7GO!
1997-09-078Japan Suzuka'97 All Japan Road Race Championship Series Round 8GO!
1997-09-219Japan Tsukuba'97 All Japan Road Race Championship Series Round 9GO!
1997-10-1910Japan TI Aida'97 All Japan Road Race Championship Series Round 10GO!
1997-11-0211Japan Sugo'97 All Japan Road Race Championship Series Round 11 MFJ Grand PrixGO!

Can You Help?

The following official data is currently missing:

1997-04-27 Sugo: All sessions, Entry list

1997-05-18 Tsukuba: All sessions, Entry list

1997-06-22 Fuji: All sessions, Entry list

1997-07-06 Sugo: All sessions, Entry list

1997-08-10 CP MINE: All sessions, Entry list

1997-09-21 Tsukuba: All sessions, Entry list

1997-10-19 TI Aida: All sessions, Entry list

1997-11-02 Sugo: All sessions

Copies of any of this information would be greatly appreciated. If you have any additional information about this season's races or riders, please contact me!