Yukio Kagayama Bio

February 21, 2008
By MotorcycleUSA Staff

Yukio Kagayama
Name: Yukio Kagayama
Nationality: Japanese
Birth Date: 5/4/1974

Yukio Kagayama is a well established rider who has worked his way through the superbike ranks in Japan, earning him the right to race on the world-stage.

Yukio had a fine showing during the Silverstone WSB round, battling with Hodgson and the front runners during the 2003 season.

Moving into WSB under the Alstare Suzuki banner, Kagayama has yet to break through, but finished a solid 5th in 2005 alongside his championship teammate, Troy Corser. For 2007 he teamed with Max Biaggi to lead the Suzuki title charge but suffered with injuries.  2008 would prove to be another injury heavy season with three races missed due to injury leaving Kagayama to finish 11th for the championship.

In 2009 Kagayama piloted the Alstare Suzuki to a podium finish in Race 1 at Phillip Island, but it would be the only time Kagayama landed on the steps during the season.

Kagayama will return to the British Superbike Series for 2010 and ride for the Worx Crescent Suzuki team.

Career Highlights:
2009 – 12th WSB
2008 – 11th WSB
2007 – 13th WSB
2006 – 7th WSB
2005 – 5th WSB
2003 – 20th WSB
2002 – All Japan Superbikes on prototype GSV-R Three wins, three second places – all non points scoring.
2002 – Wild Card German GP at Sachsenring – DNF
2001 – 4th All Japan Superbike Series
2000 – Entered in All Japan SB class and placed 7th
200 – GP wildcard rider 1999 – 7th All Japan Superbike Series
1998 – All Japan 250cc Japan GP 250cc
1998 – 6th Malaysian GP 500cc – 6th
1997 – 3rd All Japan 250cc 1997 – 3rd Japan GP 250cc 1997 – 6th Australia GP 500cc
1996 – All Japan 250cc – 11th
1995 – 11th All Japan Superbikes
1993 – Suzuki test rider (500GP)