Tough man

Classic Racer - - CLASSIC RACER ARCHIVE - YEAR: 1995 // TRACK: MONZA // RIDER: YASUTOMO NA­GAI

Twenty-three years ago and the world of World Su­per­bikes was left buzzing af­ter watch­ing the on track an­tics of Na­gai. On the fac­to­ryyamaha the Ja­panese rider was part of a new breed who gave as good as he got in the rough and tum­ble of the diesels. Through­out 1995 Na­gai spent a lot of time fol­low­ing Carl Fog­a­rty in qual­i­fy­ing, us­ing the king’s knowl­edge of lines and brak­ing mark­ers to im­prove his own per­for­mance. This, as you’d un­der­stand, narked Foggy right off. And when he passed Na­gai at Sugo that sea­son in race two, the mid­dle fin­ger salute out of the chi­cane ex­pressed that per­sonal Du­cati view to the world. Well, it did for about a sec­ond be­fore Na­gai side-swiped Foggy's right leg with 750cc of hotyamaha pow­er­plant be­fore tak­ing the lead back up and over the hill. Goy­asu! What a crack­ing racer.

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