Aki Ajo’s team chooses Hikari Okubo for the third season of the MotoE championship. Once another piece of the electric category has been made official, the grid is being completed.
Aki Ajo‘s structure changes rider for the MotoE 2021 season. So here we welcome another rookie in this electric championship: Hikari Okubo arrives, who inherits the Energica Ego Corsa driven in the two previous years by Niki Tuuli. Another box then assigned to a starting grid that will see a good number of rookies at the start for what will be the third season of this category.
We’re not exactly talking about a new face. In fact, we remember three wild cards at home in the 125cc 2010 and 2011 seasons, plus Moto3 in 2014 (without obtaining points). In 2010 the 27-year-old from Koraida had won the All Japan Road Race Championship title, 125cc category, and then also triumphed in 2012 in the first season of the Asia Dream Cup. Since 2016 he has been active in World Supersport, obtaining a 5th place as his best result so far. world championship place in 2019. Now here comes a new challenge for this 2021 season.
“A Japanese talent who arrives in this series with solid results in motorsport” says team manager Aki Ajo of him. “Hikari has a lot of experience and a long history on big bikes, I’m sure this will help him a lot.” A great challenge for the person concerned. “I will be the first Asian rider to compete in MotoE,” said Okubo: “It is an important step. This season will not only be a personal goal, but also a challenge for the new generations. I can’t wait to start, with a look at the title.”
ENTRY LIST 2021 UPDATED
Pons Racing: Jordi Torres
Gresini Racing: Matteo Ferrari-Andrea Mantovani
WithU Motorsport: Eric Granado
Tech3 Racing: Lukas Tulovic-Corentin Perolari
Intact GP: Dominique Aegerter
LCR E-Team: Kevin Zannoni–Miquel Pons
Esponsorama Racing: Xavi Cardelús-André Pires
Ajo MotoE: Hikari Okubo
SIC58 Squadra Corse: ?
Aspar Team: ?-?