Rizla Suzuki rider Yukio Kagayama had mixed fortunes at Snetterton yesterday. In the first race while running in fourth place, he was forced to retire due to a rear tyre problem. In the second race he finished fifth, an outstanding result after he suffered a crash on Friday and then again on Saturday during final qualifying.

The Saturday crash left him in 12th place on the grid and seriously bruised after what he himself described as his worst ever accident.

"This weekend has been very difficult for me," said Yukio, before describing his accidents: "On Friday I suffered a big crash that hurt my ankle. I couldn't sleep on Friday night and then on Saturday I crashed again during qualifying. It was my biggest crash yet, I flew very high in the air, maybe like Superman? I was lucky not to break any bones and be able to race, but I felt very sore today (Sunday)."

Turning to the races, Kagayama explained that his race one retirement was 'bad luck', while fifth in race two was 'okay' - but that the main thing on his mind was the condition of his friend Daijiro Kato, still critically ill in a coma after his accident in the Japanese Grand Prix on April 6.

"I was racing this weekend for my friend Daijiro Kato who was injured at the MotoGP at Suzuka last weekend. Maybe the luck and results didn't come my way, but the 110 per cent effort I put in was for Daijiro. I hope he makes a full recovery soon," said Kagayama.

"It has also been difficult for Yuki because he has been thinking of Daijiro and that has weighed heavily on him," confirmed Team Operations Manager Rob Hodkinson.

"I'd like to thank Yuki for his commitment during a weekend that has been difficult for many personal reasons," added Team manager Paul Denning. "He raced today and was hurting bad, when he is fighting fit he will be a force to contend with."

The first race was won by Ducati's Michael Rutter and the second by Ducati's Shane Byrne.



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