The Yoshimura Suzuki Team from Japan will make its World Superbike wildcard debut at Monza this coming weekend, but not with scheduled rider Yukio Kagayama, who was hurt in a British Superbike (BSB) race at Oulton Park racetrack on Monday.
Kagayama was the victim of a race 1 incident that left him unable to take part in the second British SBK motorcycle race. After the crash, he was reported to have a small crack in his back and suffering some pain.
Yukio’s replacement will be Daisaku Sakai, who is also down to ride in two other World SBK races this year, and who has been flown over directly from Japan.
2010 Yoshimura | Statement of Race Plans
Yoshimura was to have made its debut in WSB at Assen last time out, but the volcanic dust cloud that caused air travel chaos over Europe stopped their bikes and parts arriving, and they rescheduled for the Monza round.Team Yoshimura has determined the race schedule in 2010 with the aim of technical improvement and challenge in the world stage with Suzuki GSX-R1000 as follows.
1. WSBK wild card entrant for 3 events
We will participate in the race at Monza round in May with Yukio Kagayama as first race to enter the WSBK, and also the final round in Magny-Cours in October also with Kagayama. His experiences in these courses and WSBK will show the high performance.
Then we enter the race at Imola in September with Daisaku Sakai. It is going to be his first race at WSBK, however his experiences of Suzuka 8H and Suzuka GP250 wild card entrant should help him.
2. Suzuka 300km endurance race
In the team Yoshimura, Kagayama and Sakai will pair up this pre event of Suzuka 8H and set up the best machine while aiming the victory.
3. Suzuka 8H World endurance race
As a defending champion, we enter the race for the victory. The riders are going to be again Kagayama and Sakai from above races, and also Nobuatsu Aoki who is Suzuki GSV-R test rider is going to join us.
All 3 of them have won the Suzuka 8H with Yoshimura, and they are all high potential riders to win the very tough "sprint-endurance" race.