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All Japan Road Race Championship team lineup for 2019

2019 JSB1000

Yoshimura Suzuki MOTUL racing presents that two riders, Yukio Kagayama and Kazuki Watanabe, are signed for 2019 All Japan Road Race Championship JSB1000 class.
It is the second consecutive year for Kazuki Watanabe after the impressive 2018 season and it is expected that he brings up further performance in 2019.
Yoshimura Suzuki MOTUL Racing also welcomes Yukio Kagayama, who contributed the victory of Suzuka 8H in 2007 to Yoshimura Suzuki, back to the team. There are no words needed to explain his great career, and his experiences will be a key for this year.
Yoshimura Suzuki MOTUL Racing is proud to have the strong package, and will work hard for further development of GSX-R1000R to aim the champion title.

Team Manager: Yohei Kato

We are pleased to announce Yoshimura Suzuki MOTUL Racing will have Yukio Kagayama and Kazuki Watanabe for 2019 MFJ All Japan Road Race Championship JSB1000 class to aim the champion title. Yukio Kagayama has brought us the Suzuka 8H victory in 2007 and has many experiences in both world and national championships. Kazuki Watanabe made a great progress in the last season and we expect further performance in 2019. We are confident that we will make a very exiting race season with them.
We do not satisfied with results of the last season, so we invited Yukio Kagayama to be a game changer. Together with him, we will reorganize the team and break through all difficulties.
We will never give up fighting against factory teams and promise that Team Yoshimura to leap forward in 2019 season by making improvements step by step.
We would like to thank Suzuki, MOTUL, all sponsors and fans for warm support.
We will grab podium finishes and the victory together with all supports!

Rider Profile

#12 Yukio Kagayama

Name Yukio Kagayama
Place of birth Yokohama, Japan
Date of birth 7 May, 1974
Height 164cm
Weight 67kg

I am very excited to announce that I will be racing in JSB1000 with Yoshimura Suzuki.
It was a surprise offer since I am going to be 45 years old this year, but Yoshimura still believes that my long experience on the GSX-R will work. Of course I am confident that we will have a strong package to fight for victory and I will do my best.
The time flies and it's been 9 years since I raced with Yoshimura Suzuki last time. There are many great memories including our victory at Suzuka 8H in 2007, and I hope we can make it again!
I am hoping I can bring lots of excitements to all the fans and that they will enjoy JSB1000 in 2019!

Main racing history
2018 Suzuka 8H 11th place
All Japan Championship JSB1000 Ranking 10th
2017 Suzuka 8H 17th place
All Japan Championship JSB1000 Ranking 10th
2016 Suzuka 8H 6th place
All Japan Championship JSB1000 Ranking 8th
2015 Suzuka 8H 3rd place
All Japan Championship JSB1000 Ranking 12th
2014 Suzuka 8H 3rd place
All Japan Championship JSB1000 Ranking 5th
2007 Suzuka 8H 1st place / Yoshimura
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#26 Kazuki Watanabe

Name Kazuki Watanabe
Place of birth Yamanashi, Japan
Date of birth 2 October, 1990
Height 170cm
Weight 68kg

I am glad to race with Yoshimura Suzuki MOTUL Racing again in the 2019 season.
It was not possible to make it without the big help from the people around me, and I would like to thank them who involved to give me the chance.
I really had a fresh mind when I was back to All Japan Championship last year with new team and new machine. There were some chances for the podium finish during the season but unfortunately it didn't come true even at once.
It made me really disappointed and this energy is pushing me for another challenge.
I am more than ready to fight the 2019 season with Yoshimura Suzuki MOTUL Racing, and hope I can send you a big smile from the podium very soon!

Main racing history
2018 Suzuka 8H 4th place
All Japan Championship JSB1000 Ranking 7th / Yoshimura
2017 World Supersport Championship
2016 Suzuka 8H 2nd place
All Japan Championship JSB1000 Ranking 6th
2015 Suzuka 8H 9th place
All Japan Championship JSB1000 Ranking 3rd
2014 Suzuka 8H 12th place
All Japan Championship JSB1000 Ranking 7th
2013 All Japan Championship JSB1000 Ranking 7th

2019 Yoshimura JSB1000 Machine

YOSHIMURA SUZUKI MOTUL GSX-R1000R L9