FIM Gala Women Legend
Born on 30 October in Tokyo 1965, Japan
Tomo Igata is the FIM Women's Legend for 2016. Her career in the FIM Road Racing World Championship was distinguished and she was chosen for the prize after two decades since her final appearance in the FIM Road Racing World Championship. Igata made her first road racing debut in 1985 and started to race in the All Japan Road Racing Championship 125cc class. She finished sixth in the Championship in 1991. In 1992, she participated in the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka as a wild card rider. She became the first Japanese woman to compete in the FIM Road Racing World Championship125cc class for full season in 1994. She scored points in the Australian GP, the Czech GP and in the Catalun GP. In the Czech GP, she finished twelfth ahead of the legendary names like Garry MacCoy, Luchio Cecchinello and Haruchika Aoki.
Brno was Igata’s favourite track and in 1995 she finished seventh – women’s equal best result in Grand Prix achieved by Finnish legend Taru Rinne. Igata also finished eighth in Malaysia. The total points won by Igata in her Grand Prix Road Racing career was thirty points and till now this record remains the higest ever points won by a woman in the history of the FIM Road Racing World Championship.
After retiring from road racing, Tomo Igata has organized her own instructing team teaching safety riding to Japanese women motorcyclists. Over 14,000 motorcyclists had joined Igata’s school within past twenty years.