Team Suzuki Press Office – July 3.
Mitsuo Ito, the first Japanese rider to take victory at the Isle of Man TT in 1963, passed away earlier today (July 3rd).
As an employee rider of Suzuki, Ito participated in domestic and international racing, including Road Racing Grand Prix from 1959 to 1969. After retiring from racing, he took part in Suzuki’s racing activities including the development of racing machines and world-class technologies, as well as the development of Suzuki riders including Kevin Schwantz, who went on to become the 500cc World Champion in 1993.
Ito was inducted into the Motorcycle Federation of Japan (MFJ) Motorcycle Sport Hall of Fame last December for his achievement in 1963 at the Isle of Man TT.
The thoughts of the extended Suzuki family are with Ito’s family and many friends at this difficult time.