Team Rizla Suzuki rider Yukio Kagayama spent today at Norfolk's Snetterton circuit learning the corners and fast straights where all the action will take place on April 13th when the second round of the British Superbike Championship visits.

Kagayama completed 60-laps on his race bike and made concrete progress throughout the day. The test took place alongside a normal track day, with Kagayama getting an exclusive 20-minute session every hour to go on circuit.

Today's test gives Yuki valuable track time so he can compete with his fellow British Superbike Championship contenders who have much more experience of racing at the UK tracks. Today was only Kagayama's second time at the circuit - his only previous visit was earlier in the year in freezing cold weather, a complete contrast to the fine weather today.

Kagayama's Rizla Suzuki teammate John Reynolds was absent from the test as he recovers from a broken collarbone sustained during qualifying at Silverstone last Saturday. The Nottingham rider is undergoing intensive laser treatment and physiotherapy and has regained movement in his shoulder. He is still determined to race alongside Yuki at Snetterton next week.

"Last time I visited Snetterton in February I was very cold," noted Kagayama. "Today is much better, the sun has been shining and I am really enjoying learning the new circuit. Every time I go round the track I am getting more confident and faster.

"We even managed to test a few parts today and we have a good direction to follow when we return next Friday for practice and the racing. I like the straight at Snetterton, it is very fast, 190mph!!! I think I can maybe make a better result at Snetterton than Silverstone. I also think John-san will be racing alongside me next week, which is very good news for the whole team."

Les Pearson, Chief Technician to Yukio Kagayama, added: "Yuki has been learning the track today and also testing some chassis settings. We have tried different linkages and shock settings and found a good starting point for the race weekend. It is really great watching Yuki on track, with every lap he is getting faster and faster and we are making good progress, which is encouraging for the whole team.

"We certainly have a better package to start with next Friday than we might have expected. We aren't giving Yuki a head start on the competition; we are allowing him to start from a more level playing field by letting him learn the track. On a level playing field he would be extremely hard to beat."



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