Worx Crescent Suzuki team manager Jack Valentine has revealed that Yukio Kagayama will ride for Yoshimura Suzuki in two events, in-between his 2010 British Superbike commitments.
Yoshimura recently announced that it would quit the Japanese Superbike Championship and enter an unspecified number of World Superbike rounds next season (see previous story).
Kagayama's name was soon linked to the project, but Valentine confirmed just two events - the 2010 Suzuka 8 Hours and Assen World Superbike round - both of which were already agreed prior to his BSB move.
Kagayama is returning to Crescent Suzuki and BSB after five seasons with Alstare Suzuki in the World Superbike Championship, during which he took four wins from 16 podiums.
"Yukio was originally going to do the Phillip Island [WSBK] round plus the [Suzuka] 8 Hours for Yoshimura," Valentine told Crash.net
. "Now he is doing the Assen round instead of the Phillip Island round."
Valentine made clear that the 2010 BSB title will be Kagayama's main priority and, as such, he does not expect the Japanese to race in any other non-BSB events - suggesting Yoshimura will need to find another rider if it wants to race in multiple WSBK events next season.
“Yukio's main focus is on winning BSB and the two events [mentioned] were already planned before we took him on. Hence we will allow him to participate,” explained Valentine. “With the investment we have in Yukio I would not foresee his BSB contract allowing any further races for Yoshimura.”
The 2010 BSB season is due to conclude on October 10, one week after the WSBK Championship.
Englishman Tommy Hill will ride alongside Kagayama in BSB 2010.