Yukio wins in Japan

Published: 04 November 2006

World Superbike star and former British Superbike fan favourite Yukio Kagayama took victory in his first race in Japan since 2002.

Kagayama rode a Suzuki GSX-R1000 in his own team, "JK Suzuki with Bright Logic", to help the firm clinch the manufacturer championship. Pole position for the race was set by Atsushi Watanabe, who retired after four laps with mechanical problems, while Kagayama, who started from fifth, was able to lead from the start.

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Kagayama faced a race long battle with Suzuki MotoGP test rider Kousuke Akiyoshi on the Yoshimura Suzuki, and Shinichi Itoh for Honda. At the final corner Kagayama was able to pass Akiyoshi to take the win by 0.1 seconds, with Itoh taking third and the Japanese rider title.