YUKIO KAGAYAMA: THE WORD FROM THE TOP

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“I started the se­ries back in 2013, with a Un­der­bone 150cc se­ries. I did this to help young Asian rid­ers learn the skills they needed to make it on the world scene, both in the pad­dock and out on the track. My goal has al­ways been to help these racers reach the Mo­toGP pad­dock, or other big world cham­pi­onships.

“We choose very care­fully who we let race in the se­ries. We don’t just look for fast rid­ers, but re­spect­ful rid­ers that show the abil­ity to lis­ten and learn. We want to make the most professional young rid­ers we can, that are also very fast on a bike. This is the foun­da­tion to their ca­reer, so it’s cru­cial that we give them all the help and di­rec­tion we can. I have brought in race en­gi­neers, rid­ing coaches, professional or­gan­is­ers and me­dia of­fi­cers to make sure those in the SAC get the most out of the ex­pe­ri­ence. I am very grate­ful to all of those that give their time to be a part of the se­ries, and am es­pe­cially thank­ful to Suzuki be­cause they also see the im­por­tance of de­vel­op­ing young tal­ent and have been ex­tremely gen­er­ous in mak­ing this se­ries pos­si­ble. It sim­ply could not hap­pen with­out them.

“They’ve already as­sured me of their sup­port again for next year and we’ve also been in talks about in­tro­duc­ing larger bikes to the se­ries, like 250cc or even 600ccs. That will mean there’s a step­ping stones for Suzuki rid­ers to progress in ca­pac­ity as they pre­pare them­selves for the world and the suc­cess that waits for them.”

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