Familiar scenery for Kagayama
The seventh round of this year's Superbike World Championship takes place at Silverstone, Great Britain and will be a different occasion for Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra riders Max Biaggi and Yukio Kagayama.
For Max, it will be yet
another new circuit to learn, but not for Yukio who has raced there in both the World and British Superbike Championships. The Midlands circuit was formerly an aerodrome and is mostly flat and fast, with the addition of a first-gear final chicane to catch out the unwary.
"I have never raced at Silverstone, so once again I have a new track to learn. From what I have been told, it's not a difficult circuit generally, but the final section and last chicane are areas you have to know well to put in a good lap. Normally, I do not have a problem learning circuits but, as usual, I will start the first day of practice learning the track and finding a good bike set-up. I think most, if not all, of my rivals have raced at Silverstone before, so they will have an advantage over me, but that is not going to affect the way I approach my weekend. My goal is to learn the track, get a good set-up and then attack in final qualifying, Superpole and the races."
"I have raced at Silverstone before so I can concentrate on finding a good bike set-up right from the start of the weekend. It's true that my season has not gone as planned, but I am doing a lot of work at the track and that is my job. Sometimes this can be a bit frustrating, but it has to be done. I have many fans in England, so I would really like to do well in Silverstone - especially after last year when I could not make a good show because of my injuries after my crash in practice. This weekend I will try my best - as usual - and I hope that luck is on my side and I can finish on the podium."