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Norifumi Abe - Biography
MotoGP rider Norifumi Abe
     Number: 17
     Nationality :Japanese
     Birth place: Tokyo, Japan
     Birthday: 07.09.1975.
    Team: Norifumi Abe in action
    Residence: Sitges, Spain
    Height: 174
    Weight: 58
    Championship points(2014): 0

 Norifumi Abe-125ccm biography

Norick Abe made Minibike race debut at age 13. In 1991, Abe contested dirt track and motocross races in USA, as well as 3 races in regional 125cc road race championship in Japan.

Norifumi Abe-250ccm biography

Norick Abe raced only one season in 250ccm category, and finished 2nd in Japan national 250ccm championship in 1992.

Norifumi Abe-500ccm biography

Norick Abe moved to 500ccm class in 1993, and in his debut season became champion of All Japan Championships 500cc class. This great success allowed him to make debut in World 500ccm Championship rounds 11 and 12 in 1994,where he took two sixth places. Year 1995 was his first full season in 500ccm class, and Abe finished this season as 9th overall. In 1996 Norick Abe got his first victory in premiere class, riding for team Roberts, finishing season 5th in general standings. In following seasons, he had full season ride in Yamaha, and made some average results:
1997 7th in the 500cc World Championship
1998 6th in the 500cc World Championship
1999 6th in the 500cc World Championship, making second 500ccm win in his career
2000 8th in the 500cc World Championship
2001 6th in the 500cc World Championship
2002 6th in the MotoGP World Championship


Norifumi Abe-MotoGP biography

Abe raced for Yamaha in 500ccm/MotoGP world championship until the 2003, when he became official test rider in charge for M1 development. In 2003, Abe contested 3 MotoGP races as substitution for injured Melandri and 2 as wildcard rider, and again got full season ride in 2004 after Barros moved to Honda. Although Abe has shown some great racing in the middle of the MotoGP pack, this season he was unable to compete on the highest level of the MotoGP racing...

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