You don’t earn a nickname like “nitro” for being slow, and Team KAGAYAMA understands this well.And due to “Nitro” Nori Haga’s speed, the Japanese team run by Yukio Kagayama has signed former World SBK rider Haga to pilot its Suzuki GSX-R600 in the FIM Asia Road Race Championship (ARRC).
Nori Haga, who has amassed 43 World Superbike victories, has competed with Team KAGAYAMA during the past two Suzuki 8 Hours races.Team KAGAYAMA Suzuki Asia will run full time in the ARRC, with Haga and a second rider who will be announced shortly.“This will be a new challenge for me. I have raced for Team KAGAYAMA in the Suzuka 8 Hours for the past two years and now they have offered me a full-season ride in the Asia Road Racing Championship; an offer I accepted with my upmost pleasure,” Haga says.“It will be a new challenge for the team and myself, but my long-time experience in the World Championship should benefit the both of us. I’ve never raced a 600cc bike before in my life, so everything is fresh for me; and I am looking forward to it. I hope I can live-up to Yukio’s expectations and hope to win races with the team.”
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This week, in the first segment Editor Don Williams talks to us about the new Kawasaki Versys 650 LT. It’s the middleweight ADV style machine that uses the same 650 parallel twin motor as the Ninja 650, so it’s an excellent performer in a user-friendly, good looking package.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my dearest industry friends—now retired Honda PR executive, Jon Seidel. Jon’s fascinating career spans some 30 years with Big Red, and gave him some great experiences with some incredible machines. I was fortunate enough to be invited on many of the press launches that he organized. His new project is documenting and saving many of the old archives from years gone by—and incidentally, if you have anything that may be of value to the project, please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll pass it all on to Jon.
So on that note, from all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!