YANAGAWA 25 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE
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.”