Team Kagayama flourishes in the rain
The second day of private testing at Suzuka once again took place in the wet. Team Kagayama was the quickest in the delicate conditions.
Team Kagayama, who presented their line-up just before the two days of private tests, are already making a splash. Led by Yukio Kagayama, formerly a headline rider for Yoshimura Suzuki who pulled off the Yoshimura win in 2007, the team have announced the hire of a big-name team manager, Kevin Schwantz, and two experienced riders: American Moto2 rider Joe Roberts and Japanese rider Naomichi Uramoto, who is racing the Spanish Championship.
Team Kagayama’s Suzuki #71 proved fastest on the soaked track in Suzuka, with a 2:20.741 lap. They were trailed by KYB Moriwaki Motul Racing’s Honda ridden by Ryuichi Kiyonari, Yuki Takahashi and British Superbike racer Dan Linfoot (2:20.801) and Yoshimura Suzuki Motul Racing’s Takuya Tsuda, Sylvain Guintoli, Bradley Ray and Kazuki Watanabe (2:20.842).
A bigger turnout of teams entered for the 41st edition of the Suzuka 8 Hours is expected at the official tests from 10 to 12 July, hopefully in better weather conditions.