FANTASTIC YUKIO DOES THE DOUBLE! Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra rider Yukio Kagayama completed his first ever WSBK double in fantastic style at Brno today. In race one he stalked leader James Toseland (Honda) for fourteen laps before making...
FANTASTIC YUKIO DOES THE DOUBLE!
Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra rider Yukio Kagayama completed his first ever WSBK double in fantastic style at Brno today. In race one he stalked leader James Toseland (Honda) for fourteen laps before making his move and from them on in he was never headed, taking the chequered flag by nearly four seconds. Michel Fabrizio (Honda) took third after passing both Haga and Yukio's team mate Troy Corser in the final two laps. Troy suffered grip problems throughout the 20-lapper, but still managed to finish fifth, just behind Haga.
Yukio had to work much harder in race two but, after fighting his way up from eight, he charged past Noriyuki Haga just two laps from the end to take his second win of the day. Second was Fabrizio, who had been in fourth place on the last lap, but then barged his way through Haga and Corser with less then two turns remaining. When Fabrizio made his move, Troy was forced to pick up his bike otherwise he would have collided with Fabrizio and Haga, being so close, would've been taken out as well. Haga ended up an angry third, with a very frustrated Troy fourth.
YUKIO - Race 1: 1st, Race 2: 1st
I am so happy today and I want to thank my team for all the great work they have done. Also, thank you to Batta-san, who is not here today, but I hope was watching on TV. In both races, I had to use patience - and this is not my normal style - but it was worth it. I was close to Toseland from the start of race one, so it was just a case of waiting to make my move at the right time, and my plan worked perfectly. The second race was much more difficult because I had to pass many riders before I could attack the leader - my friend Nori-chan. In the closing stages of the race he knew that I was faster then him and he very kindly waved me through. After that I just concentrated on keeping a good pace and not making any mistakes. I have always thought of myself as a little crazy, but today I showed another side of Yukio. Maybe this will be my new style for the rest of the season!
TROY - Race 1: 5th, Race 2: 4th
Considering what position we were in on Friday and even Saturday morning, I guess that a fourth and a fifth is not too bad, but I'm not at all happy. I had some grip problems in the first race, so we changed the balance and front and rear ride height for race two. It was a bit better but, because it was more or less Yukio's set-up, it took me a while to get used to it and by that time the leaders were gone. I managed to reel them back in and I thought that I'd get at least a third or maybe a second. I got past Haga and into second, but then Fabrizio came along with a couple of desperate moves. Honestly, if I hadn't picked up my bike when he tried to make his move I would've hit him and we'd both gone down, taking Nori (Haga) with us as he was so close at the time. There's racing and there's desperation. He's a young kid, but it could've ended very badly. After I had crossed the line in race two, I was so frustrated that I was sick - but luckily I opened my helmet first!
FABIEN - Race 1: DNF, Race 2: 20th
After Superpole, I really thought that I could get a couple of good top ten finishes today. In race one, everything was OK for the first five laps and then I crashed! It took place at the same place where Toseland had crashed in the morning warm-up today and there was a lot of dust down to clear up the oil that had been spilled. Maybe I just hit some oil that hadn;t been cleared up properly - I don't know. It was a slow speed fall, so I didn't hurt myself, but it was a very disappointing and early end to the race.
In race two, my bike started feeling strange after a lap or so. It was juddering or something like that and I just couldn't push hard at all. I should've pulled in, but I wanted to keep going and see if I could score any points. When riders overtook me, I couldn't do anything about it and so I finished outside the points. It turned out that the tyre was spinning on the rim and that was causing the problem.
-team alstare suzuki