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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HMfan - Unregistered

October 12, 2011 2:22 PM

Like has been said, Hickman NO WAY his way to big and heavey to ride at champs level. HM are winners they only want great ridrs no average ones. i too fat to be fireman i know.

hadey - Unregistered

October 12, 2011 8:38 PM

Lowes .Cant see that one, destroyed the Kawasaki several times, reshaped Reas Honda , then sent the Yamaha to the scrapyard, unless HM Plant are going banger racing

Paul - Unregistered

October 12, 2011 9:12 PM

Kiyo was not him self after the 24 hour race in Japan even Whitman and Haydon said.

So if Hopkins is off to Motogp with Honda, good big Jack be talking about a ride with Crescent.

EVO RULES NEXT YEAR - Unregistered

October 13, 2011 9:07 AM

It's only been mentioned once on this thread
But we're on EVO rules next year guys
Less horsepower and no rider aids
Some of the riders making bikes go this year will struggle to make em go next year
HM will be playing catch up to WFR next year as well

Nick Manning - Unregistered

October 13, 2011 9:45 AM

@ Evo Rules

Good point, well made....but you're assuming that (with HM Plants' close links to) HRC dont assert pressure on WFR to relinquish their data to Monsiuer Beltrans team

IIRC WFR inherited bikes from HM Plants previous seasons

EVO RULES NEXT YEAR - Unregistered

October 13, 2011 11:28 AM

@ Nick
I know they have close links and I'm sure they won't be on the back foot for long
Data is data but they still have to screw the thing together and make it work
I have my reservations about a few teams being able to hit the ground running next year
Of the big teams only Relentless have any experience of running an EVO bike
Next year should be very interesting
Some of the riders being muted as Kiyo replacements are complete non starters for the EVO class
Wilson and Harris for example
Look to the guys who are good in the rain because those are the guys that dont need the traction control

The single pens lame - Unregistered

October 15, 2011 6:41 PM

Karl Harris to HM Plant. That has got to be the biggest laugh yet ! The man is a liability on a bike and any team he has "Raced" for has had to have big bucks to repair all the bikes he trashes. Between him and Lowes I should think the Japanese bike industry is being kept in buisness replacing all the parts these two break. At least Lowes looks like he knows what he is doing on a bike. My 11 year old daughter has more chance piloting a bike round a course in one piece.

Green Nigel - Unregistered

October 16, 2011 7:50 PM

Have to agree with the above comment. If someone could explain to Karl Harris that you have to finish the race ON your bike which should preferably be intact then maybe he would be a serious consideration for the HM ride.

Diddler - Unregistered

October 31, 2011 2:16 PM

Looks like Harris may have turned the corner in his personal life and has been riding the Aprilla quite well may well be worth a ride 4 next year. P.S. Apart from Oulton this year ( after starting from 24 and getting to 9 ) when has he fell off in a race ?

Gooley - Unregistered

November 14, 2011 9:01 PM

A lot of emphasis here on kiyos mindset but very little about the bike. In previous years when kiyo won the championship he was awesome at backing that Honda into the corners. He was a rider with 100% belief in the front end of the Honda. In 2011 he looked to have little or no confidence in the front end. In my opinion kiyo needs this front end confidence to suit his style. Watching him back into corners in 2010 was nothing short of genius in my book

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