Kiyonari to race with Team KAGAYAMA at Suzuka 8 Hours
#17 Team KAGAYAMA, spearheaded by former World Superbike and MotoGP rider, Yukio Kagayama announced his participation today. Kiyonari, currently racing with Buildbase BMW in the BSB, is operated by Stuart and Steve Hicken of Hawk Racing. Kiyonari’s racing with Team KAGAYAMA in the SUZUKI GSX-R1000 have been made possible by the full cooperation of Hawk Racing. Steve Hicken is planning to go to Suzuka during raceweek, to support Kiyonari. This will be the first time for Kiyonari to ride the SUZUKI GSX-R1000.
Team KAGAYAMA’s first appearance at the Suzuka 8 Hours was in 2013, and made headlines in the world with Noriyuki Haga and Kevin Schwantz as Kagayama’s teammmates. The team made headlines again in 2014, when Moto2 rider, Dominique Aegerter joined Kagayama and Haga to race at Suzuka. The team finished 3rd on the podium in both years.
The team will once again make headline this year, with Kiyonari joining Kagayama and Haga. With these 3 riders, they boast a total of 6 wins at the Suzuka 8 Hours, and 50 wins in the World Championship, making them a true “Dream Team”. For Kiyonari, he will make efforts to make his record-tieing 5th personal win.
Kiyonari will be racing July 3-5th at Knockhill, at Round 5 of BSB, then will fly back to Japan for an official test to take place at Suzuka on July 7th and 8th.
2015 FIM Endurance World Championship Series Round 2
The 38th “Coca-Cola Zero” Suzuka 8hours FIM Endurance World Championship will take place on July 23rd to the 26th at Suzuka Circuit in Mie, Japan.
“I am happy that Yukio-san (Kagayama) asked me to join him and that Stuart and Steve allowed me to do so with open arms. I missed Suzuka last year, and this is my first time to ride the SUZUKi GSX-R1000, but I will have two great seniors (Kagayama and Haga) on my side to win this race. I look forward to meet my Japanese fans, and hope they will support me like they did in the past years”
“This year, we have Kiyo who won the 8 Hours four times, and Haga who won the World Championship 43 times, so I hope to win this race this year. With 50 wins in the World Superbike under our belts, I wish to show what the world-class riders can do. It’s amazing that 3 riders that once was rivals in the World Superbike are now teammates. I thank the both of them that they have accepted my offer. I also thank Stuart and Steve Hicken for their kind understanding to let Kiyo race with us. Personally, I will aim for my 2nd Suzuka 8 Hours win since 2007.”