They may not have had the best of World Superbike debuts, but following the postponement caused by the volcanic ash cloud over northern Europe and scheduled rider Yukio Kagayama’s BSB crash, the iconic logo of Yoshimura Suzuki was at Monza last weekend for real, the first of three 2010 WSB outings the Japanese-based team will make in 2010.
The man called in to replace Kagayama, Suzuka 8 Hours winner Daisaku Sakai, did not take part in the afternoon’s second race however, following a crash at the Ascari chicane in race 1 in which he picked up a few bruises.
In an international press meeting organized on Friday morning to announce the team’s arrival, Yohei Kato, the grandson of company founder Pops Yoshimura and the Racing Division Manager of Yoshimura Japan Co., LTD, said of the team’s new adventure,…
Yohei Kato says: "It is not easy for a small non-manufacturing company like ours to compete on this big stage – it is indeed a big challenge. We hope our creativity, confidence and passion during the World SBK will more than make up for our small budget."