KAGAYAMA TO MISS PHILLIP ISLAND2008-02-28 08:49
After their win in Qatar last weekend, Team Suzuki Alstare headed to Australia in good spirits, with Fonsi Nieto and Max Neukirchner, but without Yukio Kagayama.
The Japanese rider crashed in the second race and broke his left collarbone and is forced to give the Phillip Island round a miss, but he will be back in action at the SBK tests in Valencia in just two weeks time. Kagayama has had a metal plate inserted in his shoulder to hold the collarbone together in order to be in action again as soon as possible.
"Last week was a fantastic weekend and it was so good to take my first SBK win. Now it's time to think about this weekend and try and keep up the momentum. I like Phillip Island; it is a real circuit for racers and it's also a very demanding track. To put in a good lap here you have to be perfect on every part of the track. But when you do that, it is a wonderful feeling.
"Since last weekend my condition has improved a lot and I'm feeling much better. The 'flu, or whatever I had in Qatar, made me lose concentration in the latter part of the race. Otherwise maybe I could've taken a podium. But I'm OK now and looking forward to racing at one of my favourite tracks."
Francis Batta-Team Manager:
"Some mixed feelings last weekend because of Yukio's injury, but I'm really happy with Fonsi's win. I'm also very happy with Max's performance and I'm sure he'll be stronger this weekend. So, for this race, it's just Fonsi and Max carrying our new colours, but I think they can once again make some good results. Yukio is a very tough racer and he will be back in two week's time for sure."
Source: Team Suzuki Press Office
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