Learning a new circuit yesterday for the second round of the British Superbike championship was Rizla Suzuki's Japanese hotshot Yukio Kagayama. As well as learn the track, Yukio had some wry observations on the British weather...

Kagayama and team-mate John Reynolds finished line astern in fifth and sixth places during Saturday's rain interrupted practice sessions for the second round of the British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch.

Yuki completed 54 laps during the two practice sessions in a bid to learn the Indy circuit, which he has never raced on before. The Japanese ace focussed on learning the lines and curves of the Kent track rather than working on detail set-up, which he will do on Sunday.

"Today the weather was no good for setting fast time," said Kagayama of the fine British weather on display at the Kent track. "Rain is no need for Superbike racing and the temperature is very cold, when does summer start in UK?"

Despite the inclement weather, the Japanese star had a circuit to learn, so pushed on regardless. "I need track time so today I do many laps," he explained. "This circuit is small and very fast. By end of my sessions, I was dizzy but I am learning quickly. There is maybe one corner I find scary but tomorrow I plan to follow John-san and go much faster. I am enjoying riding, this is good fun."

Team-mate John Reynolds missed most of first practice due to the wet track and then spent the second session finding the correct gearing and a base set-up for his Rizla Suzuki GSX-R1000.

"It just shows how much our Rizla Suzuki GSX-R1000 has come on from our last visit here in 2003 as we are having to change the gearing to match the extra horsepower we now have," said JR at the end of the day.

"Today was a bit frustrating as we would have liked more dry time on track, but either way, we have now got decent wet and dry settings for the rest of the weekend that we can use to progress from. I'm looking forward to the races here, I love this circuit and every lap I complete I am grinning inside my helmet."

Team co-ordinator Simon Green gives his take on the day.
"I think the riders performed very well in difficult conditions, especially in the damp morning session. When the track is neither wet nor dry, it is hard to learn anything about set-up.

"This afternoon's session was better and both riders got a good feeling for the conditions we are likely to race in on Monday, mainly dry and cold. We tested tyres, suspension, fuel and ignition mapping with both riders reporting good progress. We are hoping for more dry weather tomorrow and will use the track time to make a final decision on race tyres and set-up."

 

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