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Kagayama takes first win of season
26 July 2006
Yukio Kagayama took his first win of the season at round seven of the Corona Extra Superbike World Championship at Brno in the Czech Republic on board his Alstare Corona Extra Suzuki.
Kagayama sat behind race leader James Toseland for fourteen laps before making his decisive move on the run into the hairpin. From there he pulled a 3.9sec lead over the British rider to take a well earned win. Kagyama said, “Everything is good. My team make new adjustment settings for Misano and here and I get good result so 'thank you' to my team.”
James Toseland's second place finish on his Winston Ten Kate Honda moves him into second place in the championship and he appeared pleased with his result after a crash in morning. “Bit of an interesting start with a local rider thinking since it was Sunday morning he would take things steady, on my line!” quipped Toseland, “Anyway I'm happy to be second. Congratulations to Michel and to Yukio who had a difficult start to the season. We have pulled some points back on Bayliss with his misfortune so it was a good race.”
The final podium place went to Michel Fabrizio on the DFX Treme Honda. This is his first podium finish in the superbike class, and it is even more of an achievement since he is recovering from a broken collar bone sustained at the British GP when he was standing in for Toni Elias on the Fortuna Honda.
Championship leader Troy Bayliss' race ended on the first corner when Regis Laconi on the PSG-1 Kawasaki crashed and took Bayliss down with him.
Petronas had a dramatic start to race one with Steve Martin's bike setting itself on fire on the grid. He had to start from the back of the grid on his spare bike; however his race was short lived when he retired due to a technical on the fourth lap.
Alex Barros on the Klaffi Honda had a race to forget as he retired on lap eight, he appeared to be having problems with the front end tucking on him. Andrew Pitt was also forced to retire on the last lap with a technical which was a shame as he had been running in third place for a large part of the race.
WSBK race results (1) – Brno:
1. Yukio Kagayama
2. James Toseland
3. Michel Fabrizio
4. Noriyuki Haga
5. Troy Corser
6. Fonsi Nieto
7. Chris Walker
8. Shinichi Nakatomi
9. Norick Abe
10. Frankie Chili
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