F.C.C. TSR is taking part in the coming round at Sachsenring with another rookie rider, his name is Tekkyu KAYO, an 18 year-old from Japan to replace injured Konny for jut one-off. Konny went through an operation in Japan last week on a bone of...
F.C.C. TSR is taking part in the coming round at Sachsenring with another rookie rider, his name is Tekkyu KAYO, an 18 year-old from Japan to replace injured Konny for jut one-off.
Konny went through an operation in Japan last week on a bone of the back of his right hand where he picked up an injury in Assen then twisted and made worse during the British GP in the morning on Friday.
His doctor put a plate and 2 bolts to fix the fractured bone in two places and the operation was successful. He feels well but has not enough grasping power at all so was told to wait and see for another week, he is currently working on a rehab programme in Japan. After the German GP Konny was anyway going back to Japan to take part in the Suzuka 8 hours so he is now focusing on this endurance race on the 27th July.
Tekkyu is well known by motor racing fans in Japan although he is only 18 years old and a university student. He already experienced Japanese GP twice as wildcard entry but, this is the first time to ride with 500cc, and in the non-Japanese Grand Prix. However he had taken part in a couple of races abroad before and has worked with TSR for few years by now, he is not afraid of going out there.
Konny speaks from Japan….
I am disappointed. The reason why I flew back to Japan and had an operation was to get ready quickly for the coming round. I was told the bone had fractures in two places, no wonder I cold not get a grip in Donington Park. I feel OK though except my right hand, so am not happy to miss this German Grand Prix, just disappointed.
I have to apologise for not racing to the team and my sponsors who had been supporting me but there is nothing I can do about so I just promise to work on rehab and be fit soon.
My next race is the Suzuka 8 hours on the 27th, I will just go for it! And I will keep my motivation towards Czech GP.
About Tekkyu replacing me…, whoever it is this means I cannot ride so am not happy but I know him for years. He will do the job.
Surprised Tekkyu talks….
What a news I got, I did not expect the chance could come that early. I am honestly very surprised to be offered the opportunity but very happy. I am currently competing in the All Japan Championship 250cc class and this will be my first ride with 500cc let alone a race and in the Grand Prix abroad. I will try hard and hope to learn a lot from this weekend to develop my racing career, I will make the most of it.
So far I have raced on Dunlop or Bridgestone tyres but never ridden on Michelin ones, I will need their expertise!
Toru Furumaya, the team manager talks…
Konny and we were all looking forward to the German GP, where we had some good results before. Our V-twin bike would well adapt to the course and Konny would have had enough experience with the bike to do so.
We know Tekkyu for some time now. This ride will surely be a good experience to Tekkyu and will help his career. This boy has got a talent, he might be a full time GP rider soon in any team.
F.C.C. TSR 500cc #56 Tekkyu KAYO (Japanese)
D.O.B.: 22nd November 1981 (18yrs old)
Place of Birth: Tokyo, Japan
Enjoyed riding pocket bike from the age of 4 and started mini bike racing at local level from 12 years old.
Kanto Area Road Racing Mini-Championship
In 1996 at the age of 14, he won many local mini bike races and won the championship title.
At Tsukuba Circuit Second place with SP12
At Nikko Circuit Winner with SP12EXP Winner with GP 125 with S80
Road Racing Area Championship (Western Japan) GP 125 Rd.1 Winner with RS 125
All Japan Championship GP 125
Ranking 38th Best result 13th
Turned to All Japan Championship GP 250
Ranking 10th Best result 4th
British National Championship at Donington Park in June as visitor entry
All Japan Championship GP 250 Ranking 3rd with TSR AC28M
Japanese Grand Prix 250cc Wildcard entry Finished 15th
All Japan Championship GP 250 Riding with F.C.C. TSR Castrol, NSR 250
Japanese Grand Prix 250cc Wildcard entry Finished 18th