Team Rizla Suzuki heads to Oulton Park and the fourth round of the British Superbike Championship revitalised and raring to race after recovering from some early season injuries to both riders.

Yukio Kagayama is fifth in the Championship race after a sensational start at Silverstone with second and fourth place finishes. Since then he has suffered some mixed luck.

At Snetterton he crashed in qualifying and wasn't fully fit to race. Then at Thruxton, possibly the most difficult track on the calendar to learn, Yuki managed two ninth places.

Yuki is currently in Japan visiting his family and that of Daijiro Kato, the MotoGP racer who recently passed away. He will return to race at Oulton Park refreshed and determined to make his mark.

"When I return to England I want to win races for myself and Daijiro Kato," commented Kagayama. "Any good results I get will be dedicated to him.

"Returning to Japan has helped me to focus on what is important in life. Seeing my family again has been a great help and they are supporting me in Japan while I race in the UK. They want me to win races in Britain and have told me to get on with it.

"I have a great team and the bike has enormous potential and now I must ride harder to get good results. I am more determined than ever and all I want to do is win races. I have been to Oulton Park on a track day and I think it will be a good circuit for me."

Team-mate, and double British Superbike Champion, John Reynolds suffered a broken left collarbone at the first round at Silverstone in March.

He has gamely ridden through the pain barrier at rounds two and three scoring valuable points, but now, after a two week rest from the action, he is looking forward to racing without having to hold back because of his injury when he gets to Oulton Park.

The Nottingham rider is convinced he can still challenge for the Championship and reckons Oulton Park is where his title bid begins.

"I've been resting and visiting a physiotherapist since Thruxton and my collarbone is noticeably better every day," said Reynolds. "The strength is returning and I have had it examined and been told the good news that the bones are knitting together okay.

"I'll be back on the pace at Oulton Park this weekend, I'm looking forward to racing for the first time this season rather than just riding the bike with an injury. I will not be 100 per cent, that will take months, but I'll be a lot stronger than before and I will not be looking to my collarbone for excuses. I came close to winning a race on our second visit to Oulton last year and with the improvements to the Rizla Suzuki GSX-R1000, I hope I can get a good result on Monday."

Superbike racing starts at Oulton Park at 1:15pm on Bank Holiday Monday May 5th.

 

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