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Kagayama gets WSB ride with Suzuki

Kagayama gets WSB ride with Suzuki

Kagayama gets WSB ride with Suzuki

One of MotoGP's most popular wildcard regulars Yukio Kagayama will contest the full World Superbike season in 2005 after been unveiled as team-mate to Troy Corser by Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra.

As well as taking part in several rounds of the MotoGP World Championship with Team Suzuki in 2004, Kagayama raced his Rizla GSX-R1000 Suzuki into third place in the British Superbike Championship and is understandably excited about his new challenge.

"I am very happy to be competing in the World Superbike Championship, which is the most prestigious race series for production bikes," said Kagayama. "Above all, I feel very happy and lucky to be in Team Alstare led by Mr Francis Batta.

"His team is very professional, full of experience and is always one of the strongest teams in the paddock. I am looking forward to working with them and feel sure that my previous experience will be to the team's advantage.

"I am very excited about riding the 2005 Suzuki GSX-R1000. The GSX-R1000 has always been a highly competitive bike as proved in the winning of numerous titles in the USA and British Superbike Championships.

"I believe that the all-new 2005 GSX-R1000 will be more competitive than the previous bike and, with it, I feel sure I can fulfil the expectations of Team Alstare and all the fans who support me.

"My team-mate Troy-San won the World Superbike Championship in 1996 and he is a great rider and fierce competitor. I will do my best to match his ability, but my goal is to beat him and bring the world title to Alstare!"

MotoGP, 2004

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