Was having a think about this the otehr night on teh way shopping!
Who is the best ever Japanese rider.
The emotional vote will always I guess go with Katoh and though possibly the best ona 250 his talent on a GP bike was cut short and largely unfulfilled.
My vote would go with Tady Okada, mainly coz he won on everything. 250, 500, 4 stroke. Only let down by his appalling year on the Castrol Honda in WSBK.
Others will go for Harada, and again his 250 prowess to be able to be the only guy able to get near Max on an Aprilia was amazing. But his speed on 500's was not there, though quick sometimes on an Aprilia he was often outpaced by good old Jezza.
Abe was quick on a 500 sometimes, but not on anything else.
I reckon Takuma Aokiw as going to be amazing, he was superb on a WSBK Honda and also got great results on the NSR-V.
And what of Haru, amazing on a 125, did naff all on anything else!!
Maybe the early guys like Takazumi Katayama or Tadahiro Taira? Sakata, doube world champ on 125?