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April 6th, 2021

Kiyonari and Watanabe both on the podium in the opening round

On April 3rd and 4th, the opening round of the All Japan Road Race Championship was held at Twin Ring Motegi and marked the first round for Astemo Honda Dream SI Racing. In the JSB1000 class, a fierce battle ensued between Kiyonari and Nakasuga (Yamaha Factory Racing Team) in Race 1, with Kiyonari finishing in 2nd place to earn a podium finish in the opening round. In the ST1000 class, the race started under difficult conditions due to the rain, but as the rain started to clear, Watanabe and Sakumoto began to pick up the pace, competing for 2nd place. On the last lap, Sakumoto took a tumble and had to retire from the race. Watanabe finished in 2nd place to secure a spot on the podium with the JSB1000 class winners.