February 19 2004. Yukio Kagayama, the popular British Superbike championship contender, will return to action in 2004 in Texport clothing after signing an agreement with exclusive UK wholesaler, Phoenix Distribution.

The 29-year-old Japanese ace made an immediate impact in his first British Superbike season with the Rizla Suzuki team last year, scoring three race victories, two second places and one third. His season was cut short at the Cadwell Park round, however, when a crash left him with a fractured pelvis.

Kagayama expects to return hungry for success when the 2004 championship kicks off at Silverstone on 28 March and is looking forward to wearing Italian-manufactured Texport leathers for the first time.