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Norifumi (or Norick) Abe is a Japanese motorcycle racer, who has spent his entire top-level career with Yamaha. While racing in his home championship, he had a chance to race at the 1994 Japanese Grand Prix as a 'wild card', shocking the field by challenging for the win, although he ultimately fell off. Two further 500cc races that year for Kenny Roberts's team yielded 2 6th places, and a move to the team full-time in 1995. Jump to: navigation, search Imme R 100,Germany, 1948/1949 A 125 cc motorcycle, the Italian-manufactured Cagiva Planet. ... Jump to: navigation, search A manufacturer of a diverse range of musical instruments and electronics. ... In playing card terms, a wild card is a card that can be assigned any value its holder desires. ... Kenny Roberts is an American motorcycle road racer. ...


He took his first podium finish that year, and his first win and 5th overall a year later. The team he rode for in 1997 was ran by another former champion, the paraplegic Wayne Rainey, and Abe took regular points finishes over the next 2 seasons, including 4 podiums. He joined the D'Antin team in 1999, winning at Rio that year, and again at Suzuka a year later, before two seasons on less competitive machinery, in which his solid finisheing ensured that his 100% record of top 10 championship finishes continued. Wayne Rainey (born October 23, 1960) was one of the most successful American motorcycle road racers during the late 1980s and early 1990s. ...


However, 2002 was the first year of MotoGP regulations, and Norick did not like these bikes. As such, when D'Antin went over to them for 2003, Norick left the team, instead acting as a factory test rider and occasional guest racer. He got another chance in the Tech 3 Yamaha team for 2004, but was unsuccessful, and was moved to Yamaha's returning World Superbike squad for 2005. Despite less support than Noriyuki Haga and Andrew Pitt, he finished in the championship top 10. Grand Prix motorcycle racing refers to the premier categories of motorcycle road racing. ... Jump to: navigation, search Noriyuki Haga (often known as Nori or Nitro Nori) is a Japanese motorcycle racer born on 2 March 1975. ...


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Rubber Magazine - Norifumi (Norick) Abe Passes Away (779 words)
Norifumi "Norick" Abe was born on September 7, 1975 in Tokyo.
Norick Abe, as he is fondly known by motorcycle race fans around the world, was competing this season in the JSB1000 class of the All-Japan Championships from the "'S GEAR Racing" team.
Here in Japan the fans were especially excited to see Abe return to the All Japan circuit after 14 years of international competition, and certainly their sense of loss at his passing is great.
Norifumi-Norick Abe biography and profile (358 words)
Norifumi-Norick Abe is one of the Japanese riders with great profile in Japan national championship, with few promising results in World Championship, but never consistent enough for top finishes in World Championship standings.
Norick Abe moved to 500ccm class in 1993, and in his debut season became champion of All Japan Championships 500cc class.
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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