Kai Sakakibara was born in the Gold Coast in July 1996. As a youngster, he spent much of his time outside riding his 12 inch bike. At the age of 4, he got his first taste of BMX as the kindergarten he attended was right next to Ashmore BMX track. It wasn’t long before Kai was put on his first BMX race bike, competing in the 5 and under sprocket’s class.
In 2000, Kai and his family moved to Tokyo, Japan, and Kai’s parents immediately set out to find their new local BMX track, Midoriyama BMX Track. Outside BMX he attended Japanese school, and learnt to read, speak and write in Japanese.
Kai had established himself as a nationally recognised rider in Japan; winning the 2004, 2005 and 2006 National Championships, and competing in his first ever World Championships in 2005, where he placed 6th.
The Sakakibara family moved back to Sydney, Australia in 2007, and Kai joined his local BMX club, Southlake Illawarra BMX Club. He quickly made himself apparent in the Australian BMX scene, winning the 2007 National Championships, NSW State Championships, and representing Australia as a part of the Mighty 11’s Test Team. He was recruited by Redline Australia later that year, for whom he still rides for today.
Kai had the best season of his career in 2017, making his first (and second) World Cup finals, and finished the year at ninth in the Individual World Rankings.
2019 included a career-best equalling World Cup fourth-place in the third third round, plus three semi-final finishes.
At the 2019 World Championships, his fifth consecutive elite World Championships, Kai finished fourth in his 1/8 final run, before a stellar final corner move in the 1/4 final which saw him move from the last position into fourth and through to the semi-final.
A triple Japanese champion and dual Australian champion, representing Australia at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games is in sights as he pursues to make his dream a reality alongside his sister Saya.
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Targeting Tokyo 2020
2019 / Worlds - Zolder (BEL) Elite 1/2 Finals 9
2018 / Worlds - Baku (AZE) Elite 1/4-Finals 17
2017 / Worlds - Rock Hill (USA) Elite 1/4-Finals 20
2016 / Worlds - Medellin (COL) Elite Motos 76
2015 / Worlds - Zolder (BEL) Elite 1/8-Finals 51
2014 / Worlds - Rotterdam (NED) Junior 1/4-Finals 30
2013 / Worlds - Auckland (NZL) Junior 1/4-Finals 21
2019 / Round 6 - St-Quentin (FRA)Elite1/2 Finals13
2019 / Round 5 - St-Quentin (FRA)Elite1/4-Finals17
2019 / Round 4 - Papendal (NED)Elite1/4-Finals25
2019 / Round 3 - Papendal (NED)EliteFinal4
2019 / Round 2 - Manchester (GBR)Elite1/2 Finals9
2019 / Round 1 - Manchester (GBR)Elite1/2 Finals15
2018 / Stage 8 - Santiago (ARG)Elite1/4-Finals17
2018 / Stage 7 - Santiago (ARG)Elite1/16-Finals69
2018 / Stage 6 - Zolder (BEL)EliteFinal4
2018 / Stage 5 - Zolder (BEL)Elite1/2 Finals9
2018 / Stage 4 - Papendal (NED)Elite1/2 Finals11
2018 / Stage 3 - Papendal (NED)Elite1/4-Finals19
2018 / Stage 2 - St-Quentin (FRA)Elite1/4-Finals17
2018 / Stage 1 - St-Quentin (FRA)Elite1/8-Finals40
2017 / Stage 6 - Santiago (ARG)Elite1/4-Finals19
2017 / Stage 5 - Santiago (ARG)EliteFinal7
2017 / Stage 4 - Zolder (BEL)Elite1/16-Finals94
2017 / Stage 3 - Zolder (BEL)Elite1/4-Finals18
2017 / Stage 2 - Papendal (NED)Elite1/4-Finals32
2017 / Stage 1 - Papendal (NED)EliteFinal5
2016 / Sarasota (USA)Elite1/2 Finals22
2016 / Rock Hill (USA)Elite1/4-Finals18
2016 / Papendal (NED)EliteQualification86
2016 / Manchester (GBR)EliteMotos50
2016 / Santiago (ARG)EliteMotos49
2015 / Angelholm (SWE)EliteMotos45
2015 / Papendal (NED)EliteMotos35
2014 / Papendal (NED)Elite1/4-Finals21
3 x Japanese National Champion
2 x Australian National Champion
"My goal is to win Gold at the 2020 Olympic Games, Tokyo. I am dedicating all of my time and effort to fulfil my life-long dream."