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Japan’s racers compete for million $ prize money

DYNAMITE BOATRACE kicks off its summer competition schedule this week (May 26-31) with the 47th BOATRACE All Star SG Series in Osaka, Japan.

While live attendance remains restricted during the COVID-19 pandemic, fans can follow the action on Japanese cable TV channels and via live BOATRACE live streams.

Tsukasa Murakami, International BOATRACE Promotion Manager said before the event:

The health and safety of our races and fans is our number one priority, so while we believe it’s safe to continue racing, we’ve eliminated onsite spectators during the national state of emergency in Japan.

We understand this has a significant impact on fans, and we’re working to provide them with multiple ways to enjoy the sport outside of Japan, especially in countries like the US, Australia and in Europe, where motorsports are very popular.

Now heavy into the regular season, competition will culminate in December when The Grand Prix is scheduled to be held over six days in Tokyo at Heiwajima.

The winner of BOATRACE’s marquee event will take home a prize purse of approximately $865,000 with the league’s top racers typically earn more than $40 million throughout their career.

Later this month, the 47th BOATRACE All Star SG Series will pit top male and female racers against each other in head-to-head competition with more than $360,000 on the line.

Chihiro Oyama, is currently ranked 10 in the women’s rankings

Chihiro Oyama, 24-years-old, is currently ranked 10 in the women’s rankings and is climbing her way back to the top slot after being disqualified for a month due to a flying start at a recent race series.

Nana Hirataka, sitting at the top of the rankings, will need to fight off challenges from Seina Ono and Miho Moriya. Oyama, whose mother was also a professional Boatracer, started racing five years ago when she was 19 and has steadily risen through the rankings.

The racer to beat remains top-ranked men’s racer Motohiro Yoshikawa who has surged ahead from the start of 2020 earning nearly double the race earnings of his nearest rival, Uriu Masayoshi.

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