Naoe Yoshimura, the wife of Yoshimura founder Hideo “Pops” Yoshimura, died August 5 in Suzuka, Japan. She was 98.
Naoe Yoshimura was a fixture at the racetrack for many years supporting the racing activities of her husband, their riders, and their family.
She is survived by son Fujio Yoshimura, the longtime leader of Yoshimura R&D of America and later Yoshimura Japan; daughter Namiko Moriwaki; seven grandchildren (including Yohei Kato, the Director of the Yoshimura SERT Motul FIM Endurance World Championship team; Midori Moriwaki, the owner of the PETRONAS MIE Racing Honda Team in the Superbike World Championship; Hideto Yoshimura, a Director with Yoshimura Japan; and Yusaku Yoshimura, who is the current CEO/CFO of Yoshimura R&D of America); and 11 great-grandchildren.
Naoe Yoshimura was preceded in death by “Pops” in 1995 and by daughter Yumiko, the widow of racer Shohei Kato and mother of Yohei Kato.
Godspeed, Naoe Yoshimura.