Kagayama told not to crash

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Yukio Kagayama had a disappointing weekend in Valencia after receiving strict instructions by his Alstare Suzuki team boss Francis Batta not to crash.
 
In the last two rounds at Phillip Island and Donington Park, Kagayama has had big crashes with his injuries including a broken shoulder, deflated lung and concussion.

Despite the serious injuries Kagayama defied doctors orders to get back on the bike and continue racing, but there has been genuine concern within the paddock about his long term health and safety.

Throughout the three day meeting Kagayama came incredibly close to high siding his Alstare Suzuki in the damp conditions and just about managed to save it each time.

Despite his cautious approach the Japanese star was still able to out-qualify his Italian team-mate Max Biaggi, but left the Spanish track with two lowly point scoring finishes in 15th and 13th.

Kagayama said: “It’s a very disappointing weekend. I am still in much pain with my shoulder and ribs and that is making it very hard to ride the bike.

“I am happy not to crash, but not happy with the result. Now I continue to have some treatment and then hopefully after another two weeks I will be able to fight at Assen.”
 

Michael Guy

By Michael Guy

Sports Editor, former 250-racer and adventure rider