Press — Mitsuo Ito
The only Japanese rider to win at the TT has passed away
Mitsuo Ito, the first and only Japanese rider to win at the Isle of Man TT, has passed away at the age of 82.
Born on 1 January, 1937, Ito san was a lifelong Suzuki employee and made his Grand Prix debut in 1961. Two years later he won the Ultra-Lightweight TT on his Suzuki RK67, and he remains the only Japanese rider to win around the famous 37.73-mile course. In 2008 he returned to the Isle of Man with Suzuki GB to celebrate his achievements.