Having impressed the team after joining them for last year’s Suzuka 8 Hour, 21 year old Japanese rider Kohta Nozane has been signed up for a full FIM World Endurance Championship campaign with YART in 2017. A protégé of the late great Norick Abe, Nozane first rode a motorcycle at the age of three and started racing mini bikes at the tender age of six. Nozane made his Grand Prix debut as a 16-year- old, racing as a wildcard in the 2012 Japanese Moto2 race. The following season he won the Japanese national GP2 class and made three further Moto2 appearances, scoring a best of 16th in Motegi. For the past three seasons he has been racing a YZF-R1 in the All Japan JSB1000 Championship, finishing eight in 2014, stepping up a place to seventh in 2015 and concluded the season in the top five last year. The young Japanese rider proved an inspiration in the YART Team during the 2016 Suzuka 8 Hour race with team mates Takuya Fujita and Broc Parkes. The inspired team delivered on their potential, with Nozane playing his part to ensure the team finished fourth during the prestigious Japanese race. And did we mention his riding style is out of this world?
Photography by Flo Hagena