Tatsumi Spearheads Japanese Invasion


It became perfectly clear today at Nerang that three young Japanese guys were out to create a big impression during Rounds 3 and 4 of the National Probikz and Champbikz Series.


Photo: Tatsumi Matsushita at Nerang this morning
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Tatsumi Matsushita and Takuro Nishioka were competing in the Probikz Elite Men’s events, and World No 6 Kohei Yoshi was making heads turn in the Champbikz 16 Boys Class.

Tatsumi, who lives one hour from Tokyo, is no stranger to Australian shores, and has made many trips to this part of the world to further his career in BMX.

He began riding when 7 years old, and has been competing for nearly 11 years.

The sport is not popular in Japan, but Tatsumi believes that it will get much bigger in the next few years.

jap2“We have got many good riders in Japan” Tatsumi told CSN. 

“And I got third myself  last year in the All Japan Championships.”

Photo: Kohei Yoshi
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Tatsumi is unsure where he will go next, but there is a good chance he will travel France to continue his UCI training, before going onto the U.S. in March.

It wasn’t a particularly good day for countryman, Takuro Nishioka, who crashed heavily in one of the Elite Men’s Probikz motos.

Nishioka was obvious hurt in the crash and spent considerable time with First Aid Officers after staggering from the track.

All three guys did a great job against the Australians and New Zealanders, and weren't afraid to throw down a challenge at every opportunity.


Photo: Takuro Nishioka not feeling the best after taking a heavy tumble
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Article Coutesy Peter Ford - CycleSportNews