YANA­GAWA 25 YEARS OF EX­PE­RI­ENCE

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When a world cham­pi­onship level rider hits 35 they’re re­garded as be­ing in the twi­light of their ca­reer, but try telling that to 45-year-old Akira Yana­gawa and 41-yearold World Su­per­bike leg­end Noriyuki Haga.

And while you might think that the heavy go­ing of rac­ing for eight hours in sti­fling heat and hu­mid­ity might make their age a neg­a­tive fac­tor, for­mer WSB race win­ner Yana­gawa says his ex­pe­ri­ence is a big ad­van­tage.

“I first raced at Suzuka 25 years ago in 1991, and my team­mate Kazumi hadn’t even been born! I don’t think it’s harder than it was be­fore, but the team ex­pect much more from me now. They ex­pect me to know ev­ery­thing, be­cause I’m an ex­pert now!

“It’s my role to give them in­for­ma­tion and help them out a lit­tle. I have more re­spon­si­bil­i­ties than I did when I was young and I was just here to con­cen­trate on rac­ing.”

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