Joining Kawasaki Puccetti Racing for his third season in the FIM Supersport World Championship, Japanese rider Hikari Okubo started out in the All Japan Road Race Championship GP125 class. Spending the majority of his early career in Asia, he entered the Asia Dream Cup in 2012 in which 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 23 year olds opening seasons in WorldSSP were a steep learning curve, and he is yet to take a podium finish but he has shown his racing talent and will no doubt be a strong contender for podium finishes in 2018, taking what he has learnt into the new team.