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    Suzuki racing history wanted

    I came across this little tidbit on the Wikipedia Suzuki page.

    "-Water-cooled 475 cc triples were built for racing purposes, producing 60 PS (44 kW) at 9,000 rpm. These took part in the JAF Grand Prix Formula Junior class as well as "MR" (Minicar Racing) meets.[6] Thus equipped, the Can-Am style Fronte RF with Mitsuo Itoh at the helm took the victory at the 1970 "Junior Seven Challenge Cup" race, held at Fuji International Speedway, with an average speed of 130.9 km/h.[14]"

    Can anybody verify this? Pictures, words, video, really anything would be appreciated, I'm really trying to piece together a definitive timeline of the JAF Grand Prix.

    Thanks Gents!

    -Miles

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    Re: Suzuki racing history wanted

    "Itoh competed in a Can-Am style Suzuki Fronte RF single-seater in the JAF Grand Prix Formula Junior "Junior Seven Challenge Cup" race, held at Fuji International Speedway in 1970. He won the race with an average speed of 130.9 km/h.[3] While he was also supposed to have started in the JAF Grand Prix Tournament (also at Fuji) two weeks later, the Junior Seven Challenge Cup victory remained his only start in a JAF race....."

    from:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitsuo_Itoh



    from:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suzuki_LC10_engine

    but I'm sure you've seen all these...

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    Re: Suzuki racing history wanted

    Thank you so much for the picture! It seems Suzuki racing history was never deemed "Important" enough to record

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    Re: Suzuki racing history wanted

    Hello ColoradoKP I can help you. I have a large collection books, magazines and a suzuki collection 1:1. Send me a pm and you will be rewarded.

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    Suzuki racing models 1960—1967
    Suzuki started racing in Japan at several of the big hill climb events in the 1950s. The Asama race in particular is where the Suzuki team had some good showings. The machines were half motorcycle and half bicycle, but showed even then the famous Suzuki brand of innovation. The double sprocket gear system of the early “power free” models, in particular, was quite special for that era.
    It wasn’t until 1960, though, that Suzuki really got its start in racing with the venerable Isle Of Man TT. The first race attempt was not great (15th place), and the European marques dominated the event. But the little twin-cylinder 125cc Suzuki (Colleda) did in fact race, and most importantly a seed was sewn. Suzuki got its first title in 1962 in the 500cc class, and things started looking up from there. By 1965, the 125cc title was won by Suzuki and more was yet to come. Scattered success in 50cc machines and select races with everything from 125s to 250s saw continual improvement.
    Suzuki’s entry in to the sport of Motocross came about in 1964 when they entered a bike ridden by Kazuo Kubo in the Swedish 250cc Motocross Grand Prix. Suzuki had a tough time in the motocross world, which led them back to the drawing board. Swedish rider Olle Pererson signed on with the Suzuki motocross program in 1967 and progress was made. All the hard work paid off in 1972 when Belgian Joel Robert won the World Championship on a very trick Suzuki. Road racing saw a lot of success during this era as well with numerous wins and continued evolution of the Suzuki motorcycles.

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