Where does the time go? It was sixteen years ago that Norick Abe brought himself to the attention of race fans around the world with his gutsy wildcard ride at the 1994 Japanese Grand Prix.
OK, so he binned his Mister Yumcha Blue Fox Honda in spectacular style fighting for the lead, but the demonstration of sheer speed and ability to mix it with the best of the world set him up for a regular word championship ride. He also inspired a 14-year old Valentino Rossi to adopt the nickname of ‘Rossifumi’ for the early part of his career.
Check out this video from 1994