Injured Rizla Suzuki rider Yukio Kagayama continues to make good progress as he recovers from the broken pelvis he suffered in the British Superbike event at Cadwell Park, even if he is finding the pace of life just a little slower these days.

The latest update from the team reveals that Kagayama is now back home in Japan, where his recovery is expected to aided by the fact that there will be fewer language barriers to overcome. Despite still be in the early stages of his rehabilitation programme, the Japanese ace is already talking about a return to action in 2004 - and has been practicing his skills in preparation.

"Being in Japan is helping me to recover - if I feel some pain, I can tell the doctors in my own language," he wrote in his diary on the Rizla Suzuki website, "My doctors tell me I will be able to walk again by mid-December if I work hard - and I am working hard, because I want to be at the first pre-season test, which will be in February.

"Now I am back on wheels - [albeit] my wheelchair. I am ready to try a wheelie soon, but my doctors are always watching, so I must be careful - I cannot afford to crash again now I am recovering! My wheelchair is not as fast as my superbike and not as much fun either. The throttle is my two arms, and sometimes I ask Kiyomi, my wife, to push. I cannot get my wheels to spin under the power yet, and the brakes are not as good as the Brembos I'm used to!

"I also have crutches that I can use for walking and, while movement is still painful, it is getting better everyday. I am taking regular physiotherapy and it is very tiring. I feel everyday as though I have spent six hours in the gym. But it is good and means I am getting better.

"I keep in contact with team boss Paul Denning twice a week by phone. My dream now is that I can recover in time for next season and win the British Superbike title for Suzuki and my fans. I am speaking with Suzuki racing bosses now and hope they will tell me to race again in the UK.

"It will be no problem for me to return to racing. I have had very big crashes before and always put them behind me. Now I know the circuits, I know I can challenge for the championship in 2004."

 

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