Yukio Kagayama has stated his displeasure at his recent World Superbike results, the Japanese rider suggesting that the Suzuki team haven't progressed enough from the start of the season.
Kagayama could only manage a seventh and eighth place finish at Magny-Cours after a difficult event that saw him on the cusp of the frontrunners throughout the weekend.
Insisting he is pushing harder than ever for minimal return, while Kagayama flew the flag for Suzuki in the second race, he couldn't understand why the bike could not match the pace of his other rivals.
”I am disappointed and a bit frustrated this weekend because I feel that I have given 100 per cent, as usual, but my bike was not as good as it should've been,” he lamented.
“In the warm-up this morning, we found a better set-up for my bike and the grip was better, so we used this set-up in the first race. But the bike felt different, did not give any better grip and lost positions because I could not lap fast.
“But I never want to give up, so I rode my best and finished the race. For race two, we adjusted the rear shock in order to give more grip and the feeling was a bit better, but not enough to challenge the top positions.”
As such, Kagayama believes Suzuki have failed to maintain the progress of the GSX-R1000 through the season, where as their rivals have made strides in recent months.
“At the start of the season, our bike was fast and strong, but maybe the other bikes have caught us up and passed us and maybe now their package is better than ours. We have to work hard for the last round, but I want to show that I am a good rider and end the year with a good result.”
Despite Kagayama's claims, Suzuki actually moved back up to third in the manufacturer standings this weekend, ahead of Honda.