YUKIO KAGAYAMA: THE WORD FROM THE TOP
“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.”