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Kagayama to fly solo for Suzuki at Brno
22 July 2009
Yukio Kagayama will be Suzuki Alstare Brux's sole representative in the latest World Superbike Championship round at Brno after choosing not to replace the injured Max Neukirchner.
Neukirchner was scheduled to return to the series at Brno having recovered from his broken leg, but a further accident in testing at Imola has left him with a fractured vertebra.
With former Suzuki rider Fonsi Nieto, who has replaced Neukirchner for three rounds this year, committed to DFX Ducati for the remainder of the season, the team has chosen to go it alone with Kagayama in the short-term.
The Japanese rider, who himself is still carrying an ankle injury, is anticipating a difficult weekend having been unable to find a comfortable setting on the K9 GSX-R1000 during testing.
I feel very sorry for Max. It is a great pity that he hurt himself in the first time back on the racebike. This season has not been a lucky one for our team and also we have not found it so easy getting the bike to where we would like it. The bike seems very sensitive and finding a good base set-up at every track has been difficult sometimes.
“We tried many things in our recent tests, but I do not think we found a good solution or direction. Brno circuit is a flowing track, so I am hoping that it will suit our K9 GSX R1000 better. I like the track and I will fight my hardest for the best possible results - as usual.”