Yukio Kagayama will hope to make amends for a tough weekend at Brands Hatch as the British Superbike Championship heads for the second round of the year at Thruxton.
The Worx Suzuki rider was forced to battle against a gear change issue in the first race of the weekend at Brands Hatch and then high-sided out of race two at Clearways – leaving him down in 17th place in the standings.
While he hasn't raced at Thruxton since 2003, the Japanese rider heads to the high-speed Hampshire circuit in confident mood and said he was hopeful that his bad luck has already been used up.
“I am hoping to have more luck at Thruxton, at Brands Hatch I didn't seem to have very much on my side!” he said. “I didn't feel too bad after my crash in the second race, just a bit beaten up. To start with it was pain to my ankle and finger but now I am ok and by the time we race at Thruxton I will be fine.
“I haven't raced at Thruxton for a long time; it was 2003 as I never raced there in 2004. I need to make the most of practice and get as many laps in as possible so I can familiarise myself with the track again so I can get a good qualifying position. I really want to pick up a result at Thruxton to make up for Brands Hatch and to get my championship going. I hope all my bad luck is out of the way now and that we can move forward next weekend."