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DEBUT VICTORY FOR DEVELOPMENT RM-Z250

March 29, 2006

Team Suzuki Press Office – March 29, 2006.

Team Suzuki’s Yohei Kojima raced a development aluminium-framed RM-Z250WS to its debut victory in the opening round of the All Japan Motocross Championship at Sportsland Sugo at the weekend.

The venue, which will host the Japanese round of the FIM World Motocross Championship this year after receiving the best-organised GP of 2005 by the FIM, also saw the unveiling of a new fuel-injected RM-Z450WS in the hands of IA1 class riders Shinichi Kaga and Kuraudo Toda.

In the opening IA2 race, Kojima suffered a poor start, but rounded the opening lap in fifth place, moving to third by lap two and then into second, but he couldn’t quite catch leader and race winner Hiroaki Arai. In race two, he gated behind Arai but moved to the front by the end of the opening lap and was never headed.

He said: “I couldn’t get on the pace in the opening race after a bad start but the second race was a very good result for the new RM-Z250WS.”

IA2 Race 1: 1 Hiroaki Arai (Kawasaki), 2 Yohei Kojima (Suzuki RM-Z250WS), 3 Yu Hirata (Kawasaki), 4 Yuya Ozaki (Yamaha), 5 Serizawa Naoki (Honda).

IA2 Race 2: 1 Yohei Kojima (Suzuki RM-Z250WS), 2 Hiroaki Arai (Kawasaki), 3 Yu Hirata (Kawasaki), 4 Takeshi Katsuya (Honda), 5 Shinichi Inoue (Kawasaki).

For more stories about Yohei Kojima, click here . For photos, click here .
For more stories about Shinichi Kaga, click here . For photos, click here .
For more stories about Kuraudo Toda, click here . For photos, click here .

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