Japanese rider Hikari Okubo sticks for another year with Kawasaki Puccetti Racing as he heads in his fourth season in the FIM Supersport World Championship.
Okubo started out in the All Japan Road Race Championship GP125 class and spent most of his career in Asia. In 2012 he entered the Asia Dream Cup and he narrowly missed out on taking the title. Heading back to the Japan Road Race series, he competed in the GP3 Championship as well as the ST600 class, alongside making his Grand Prix debut. It was a tough race for Okubo at Motegi, but he was performing strongly in his full time series.
The 25-year-old born in Kodaika moved over to WorldSSP in 2016 and took his best result in the series in 2017 around Chang International Circuit in Thailand with a sixth position aboard the Honda machine of team CIA Landlord Insurance. In 2018 he remained in WorldSSP and he joined the Kawasaki Puccetti Racing team. After a difficult start of the season, the Japanese rider was able to make a promising progression becoming a regular top ten finisher towards the end of the year that he finished scoring 39 points overall.
Okubo has shown his racing talent in the last season and with no doubt he will be a strong contender for podium finishes in 2019.