Kagayama returns to Team KAGAYAMA as the 2019 J-GP3 Champ joins the team
Team KAGAYAMA announced its 2020 season plans at the team’s Season-in Party held in Yokohama, Japan. Team owner Yukio Kagayama returns to the team, while Sho Hasegawa joins the team for the 2020 season.
After a year with Yoshimura Japan, team owner and rider, Yukio Kagayama returns to the team in the JSB1000 class. The team will also welcome 19 year-old Sho Hasegawa to race with the team in the ST1000 inaugural season. Hasegawa won the J-GP3 Championship title last season, but his switch to the Stock 1000 category surprised the sponsors, fans, and the media that attended the party.
Both Kagayama and Hasegawa will be riding the SUZUKI GSX-R1000, with Kagayama switching to Bridgestone tires and Hasegawa with Dunlop Tires, as the ST1000 class is a Dunlop only category. Team KAGAYAMA will also be trying out for the Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance race at the JSB1000 season opener at Suzuka.
Team Owner | Rider, JSB1000
“I am happy to return to the team after a year of R&D assignments at Yoshimura last year. It’s great to be back with the team. The Japanese Championship will be inaugurating the ST1000 category next year, and I was wanting to enter a rider in the new category when I met Hasegawa, who just became the 2019 J-GP3 Champion. We started talking, and he was looking for ride in the ST1000 category, so we came to an agreement, and therefore we will be racing this season with two entries.”
“A normal step-up from the J-GP3 category would be the ST600, but I wanted to go straight to the 1000cc category. Kagayama-san who showed interest in me from the early stages, agreed on getting me a ST1000 ride, so I am really happy and thankful to be able to do that this year. I will try my best to live up to his expectations, and hope to learn a lot from him this season.”