News 20 Jun 2009

WSBK: Kagayama rides through pain to third in Misano practice

Suzuki Racing:

Team Suzuki Alstare Brux rider Yukio Kagayama defied the doctors and pain at Misano today and finished third quickest in qualifying for Sunday’s World Superbike eighth round.

His time of 1:37.209 was less than two-tenths-of-a-second slower than provisional pole man Michel Fabrizio (Ducati) as team mate Fonsi Nieto ended the day with the 18th quickest lap time, and is confident of further progress tomorrow as he continues his steep learning curve onboard the 2009 GSX-R1000 K9.

Yukio Kagayama – 3rd, 1:37.209:

“I am lucky because my right foot is broken in the heel area and I don’t use this area much when I ride my bike. Of course, after some laps, I feel some pain, but it is a matter of understanding the pain and managing it when I am on the bike. If it rains tomorrow, or on race day, it would be kinder to my body, but unfortunately not for the bike as this track is very slippery in the wet. I am really hoping for dry conditions and finishing both races with good results.”

Fonsi Nieto – 18th, 1:37.979:

“Although I am only 18th fastest, the lap times are pretty close and so I am not unhappy. I am still understanding this bike and every session it becomes a bit more comfortable for me. We will continue to try some things tomorrow – maybe change the gearbox a little – and see how much we can improve. We had no big problems today and hopefully we will not have any tomorrow.”