Team KAGAYAMA SUZUKI Asia has been formed to race in the Asia Road Race Championship (ARRC) with Yukio Kagayama spearheading the team as General Manager. In its second year in the Championship, the team continues with #41 Noriyuki Haga, and for 2016. New rider #98 Patis Chooprathet.

Haga, who scored 43 World Superbike race victories in an illustrious career, has raced with Team KAGAYAMA in the prestigious Suzuka 8 Hours for the last three years, finishing on the podium each time. In his second year with the squad, he will continue to develop the Suzuki GSX-R600, as well as help his team-mate become a competitive rider in the world championship.

Patis Chooprathet is a 16 year-old rider from Thailand. He is the first rider from SUZUKI ASIAN CHALLENGE (SAC) to step-up to a higher category. He finished second in last season’s SAC, but Kagayama discovered his potential in the try-out for the Supersports team and invited him to join for the 2016 season.

Said Suzuki’s long-time MotoGP, WSB, BSB and All Japan Superbike Championship rider Kagayama: “I am happy that we are able to continue our 600 squad. I thank Haga for what he did last year, unselfishly concentrating on acquiring data and developing the GSX-R600. I also look forward to Patis. His attitude towards racing is what every rider should look up to. I am sure he will be one of the greatest riders from Asia in the future.”

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