The FIM Asia Road Racing Championship experienced a mini-trend from 2012 to 2014 that brought a wave of young Japanese riders into the Underbone category. Some of these riders included Kazuki Masaki, Kaito Toba, Ren Toba, and Taiga Hada.

Only 18, Hada is one of the youngest riders in the SuperSports 600cc category, and certainly the youngest among the five racing for the title in 2018. This is his fourth season in the ARRC. In 2014, Hada finished second overall in the Underbone 130cc class behind Gupita Kresna Wardhana.

Since that first year, Hada’s progress had been remarkable. He ranked 22nd overall in his rookie SuperSports 600cc year in 2015 and finished 10th overall in 2016.

Hada started the 2017 season in top form but experienced a slight dip in the mid-segment of the season. Double podium results from Round 5 at the Madras Motor Race Track places him shoulder-to-shoulder on the points standings with Yuki Ito.

Rank after Rd 5: 2
Points: 134 points
2017 Pole: 0
2017 Podium: 5 (50%)
2017 Win: 1 (10%)