WATANABE TAKES MOTEGI PODIUM Team Yoshimura Suzuki’s Atsushi Watanabe raced to third position in the opening round of the All Japan Superbike Championship at Twinring, Motegi after the race was red-flagged due to rain.
GSX-R1000-mounted Watanabe and team mate Kousuke Akiyoshi led from the start and held strong lead when the race was stopped on the 12th lap. But on the 8-lap restart, Watanabe gated a lowly eighth and Akiyoshi slid off the track on lap five.
Said Watanabe: “Today I raced the ST600 Superbike classes but I don’t feel tired. The Yoshimura GSX-R is so fast and my first Bridgestone tyres worked very well, but I would like to win the next round and I hope for a Yoshimura’s GSX-R one-two finish.”