BSB » HM Plant Honda, Kiyonari to part ways

The Japanese rider has endured a poor 2011 season having won the BSB title with HM Plant Honda in 2006, 2007 and 2010.

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Digger - Unregistered

October 11, 2011 12:02 PM

Alex Lowes should definitly be up for the ride. he will stop crashing, and when he does, he will still be very fast. def a youngster to keep an eye on

onyabike - Unregistered

October 11, 2011 12:17 PM

i have to admit alex lowes does have the potential with alot of talent, i agree with some others as well gowland and hickman could be a good choice i mean gowla hasnt been out of that top 10 pretty much the whole of the second half of the season on that evo bike some of the results he's been getting were unbelievable,i think he's proving what a talent he is and hickman has had some great results as well this year, 3 good riders to watch there i think!

Tetley - Unregistered

October 11, 2011 12:26 PM

Subjest to availability, the best candidates for the HMP seat are James Ellison and Laverty. Laverty is fast and still hungry and hard to beat. Ellison and Easton were the front runners in 2010 until injuries intervened. Jelli is now back on form as Brands proved. Kirkham would make a sound number 2. Sadly Harris, Walker, Mason are past their best in BSB terms and Easton is hard to rate after his serious accident. Rutter is in a team which fits him like a glove and has a few years in him yet.
I think Kiyo will be returning to Japan as he shows all the symptoms of being homesick. Louth and District are beautiful places, but after several years living in the area there can be few new attractions for Kiyo.


October 11, 2011 12:48 PM

The guy just won the title last year. He won the title 3 times for HM Plant when guys like Brooks, Rea, Crutchlow, Harris, Haslam, Richards, Rutter, etc could not win 1. He has an off season and now he's thrown in the trash heap? Someone will sign themselves a damn good rider.

Nick Manning - Unregistered

October 11, 2011 1:13 PM

Poor old Kiyo...never the same after last season. Something drastic must have happened...and Im sure it'll never be public knowledge....but you don't turn into a bad rider overnight.

I wish Kiyo well whereever he ends up. I suspect if he stays in BSB, which I doubt personally, he'll go to someone like WFR, maybe even MSS. I think he's going to find it difficult to get a ride in WSB with Yam pulling the plug. Perhaps he'll look to do more endurance stuff or perhaps All Japan SBike.

As for who's gonna take his place, I suppose its dependant on what Hill/Hopper and Laverty do. If Hopper goes to GPs then I can see Laverty staying maybe with Hill (if he cant get into WSB).

The next man for the role I'd see is James Ellison or an outside chance for Alex Lowes.

Ellson rode a pretty similar Blade with Pi Electronics for Hydrex/Bike Animal a couple of years ago....and has proved this season that he can still cut it on a Blade. That would depend on what Ellison gets offered in WSS.

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Earnest Thrasher - Unregistered

October 11, 2011 1:23 PM

Possibly what we are seeing here is a realisation to Kiyo is that there is more to life than racing motorcycles, 100% commitment and 100% dedication is required as default, Kyio's now a family man and a 3 times champion.......... there are more important things in life than racing motorcycles.
As for a replacement? if Shane goes to Paul Bird they will need a team leader, a proven winner who would give the team direction.
I'm not aware of the rehab. but Easton would be a good choice if he can recover to pre accident fitness, Ellison maybe but he had the opportunity last year with Swan Honda, crashed and messed that up, also maybe too free spirited for HM Plant.
Wilson? maybe just too radical no one rides a bike like him, and might be ok with 140hp, 210hp? different situation.
Gowland? yes looks very good, but so did Alex up to the point he left WFR, maybe GG will realise that its not all about the rider and walking out of a very good team is a DUMB move (eh Alex?).

M. Laverty or S. Eas

onyabike - Unregistered

October 11, 2011 1:58 PM

i think people are also forgetting the new rules for next year!! are some of these so called top riders gonna be as quick without all the rider aids, some prob will but i bet some will struggle. gowla has done a great job without traction,electronics etc.. i do think brookes and ellison will be right up there without relying on rider aids as they dont mind a bit of movement in those tyres!!!

also alex lowes left cos he wouldnt sign a 10yr deal, hardly walking out!!

Earnest Thrasher - Unregistered

October 11, 2011 2:28 PM

it wasn't a 10 year deal, whatever you may have read, and time will tell if leaving WFR was a good move, make a judgement in 3 years after seeing where they go.
and amazing how you know just how much electronic aid's Ellison and Brookes use, amazing you have access to that data.....

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