The final round of the All-Japan National Championship was run at the former Grand Prix circuit of Sugo Sportsland over the weekend. Honda typically bring an international star over to contest the event – Mitch Evans got the call this time around and swept both IA1 motos. Interestingly (or not depending on what you know), Evans was racing a CRF450RW and was decked out in head-to-toe Fox gear instead of the Alpinestars stuff that he used this year.
Evans won the first moto by forty-one seconds from Toshiki Tomita and Akira Narita. Twenty-six seconds was his advantage in the second heat. Tomita was second in that heat as well and therefore jumped up onto the second step of the overall podium. Kei Yamamoto – a former Grand Prix rider who now rides for Team HRC in the All-Japan series on a full-time basis – took third overall with a fourth and a third in the two motos.
Yusuke Watanabe won the IA2 class with a clean sweep of both motos. Watanabe competed in the 250MX class in the 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross series and secured forty-fifth in the final championship standings – a nineteenth in the first moto at WW Motocross Park was a season-best finish.
Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Ray Archer