Rizla Suzuki rider Yukio Kagayama took a second place podium and a fourth in today's two races to prove the pace of Rizla Suzuki's GSX-R1000 and give his injured team mate John Reynolds a boost as he recovers from a broken collarbone sustained in qualifying yesterday.

Reynolds was in pit lane to witness Kagayama's two fighting displays at the front of the field. After the racing, watched by 22,500 fans at the track, JR was quick to praise his teammate and the Rizla Suzuki GSX-R1000, which, based on today's display, he firmly believes is good enough to win races. Reynolds is hoping to be back in race action for round two at Snetterton.

Yuki's top results place him third in the Championship table and prove his world-class pedigree. He spent less than four-hours learning the track during practice and qualifying and managed to humble plenty of British Superbike riders - including the reigning Champion Steve Hislop - at his first attempt.

Rizla Suzuki team associates Jay Kay and Nick Fyffe from Jamiroquai and the model/actress Lisa B were both on hand to cheer on Yuki at Silverstone. Jay said: "This has opened my eyes to the excitement of bike racing and I love it - they are so fast! Yuki rode brilliantly today and he is a real star on a motorcycle. I'll be cheering him on all season."

The rider himself was pretty chuffed too. "Today I am pretty happy, but I could be happier," he explained. "When I finished second in the first race I thought I could push harder in race two and win. During the first race I was riding safely and controlled. We made some improvements for race two and the bike was handling well. I was held back a bit at the start and then had to make up time to get back to the leaders. When I got up with them, I was riding okay, but then I out braked myself going into Becketts and had to do a U-turn and return to track.

"I am really not happy about the mistake," Yukio continued. "I would have dearly loved to win for John-san, who was willing me much luck for today's racing. I hope he will be racing alongside me at Snetterton in two weeks."

Reynolds watched the action from the pits. "Yuki had a great day for his first time at the track. It was a brilliant performance and he has shown everybody that the Rizla Suzuki GSX-R1000 is a bike that can run at the front and win races," he said. "His brave performance today has lifted me and I will be going to see a specialist tomorrow about getting my collarbone mended as fast as possible. It is now damage limitation as far as the Championship is concerned and at this stage, I aim to be racing at Round Two at Snetterton alongside Yuki."

 

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