Following its 2010 World Superbike no show at the weekend’s fourth round at Assen in Holland, due to flight restrictions in Europe caused by the Icelandic volcano eruption, the Japanese Yoshimura Suzuki Racing Team is now set to debut at the Italian fifth round at Monza next month.
With European flights cancelled from Tokyo Narita airport last week, the team was unable to make the grid for the first of three 2010 World Superbike wildcard entries. But last-minute permission has now been granted by the Italian organisers which will see the team – and long-time Team Suzuki rider Yukio Kagayama – take part at the race on May 9th.
Yohei Kato (Yoshimura Team Manager) says: "Since our Assen WSBK cancellation due to the airline chaos caused by volcanic activities in Iceland, the Yoshimura Suzuki Racing Team has been working to reschedule its debut and we will now participate at the next round in Monza. Without the support from everyone, it could not have been done and we are glad to have this opportunity to challenge at this stage."
Yoshimura Suzuki’s new 2010 schedule – and riders participating at each round – is now:
> May 9th: WSBK Monza, Italy – Yukio Kagayama.
> September 26th: WSBK Imola, Italy – Daisaku Sakai.
> October 3rd: WSBK Magny-Cours, France – Yukio Kagayama.
Yukio Kagayama’s Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000s is crated and ready to leave Yoshimura’s Japanese headquarters for World SBK Monza.