BSB » Kiyonari returns, Lowes joins Samsung Honda

The battle-lines are drawn as Ryuichi Kiyonari returns to British Superbikes to go up against Shane Byrne for a fourth title, while 2012 standout Alex Lowes joins him at Samsung Honda.

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December 10, 2012 1:28 PM

Signing Lowes is a great move. Alex is a rider in the ascendency and will get frequent podiums IF he remembers how to stay on the bike.
Kiyo, I'm not so sure about. His last BSB season was an unhappy year and he will find it very difficult to bounce back into Championship contention, especially as there are now so many other contestants established at the front.
Rising Stars against the Rising Sun could be interesting.
But I can't get used to BLUE Hondas.

Noitall - Unregistered

December 10, 2012 1:38 PM

Agreed Lowes is a justified move. On the other hand Kiyo is not. He is on the way down and will be another Haga. Factory teams should only employ riders with a current good record or support up and coming riders.Rather they took a chance with a relative unknown than dead wood.

Zuzy - Unregistered

December 10, 2012 1:45 PM

OH My God welcome back Kiyo missed you so much this season so glad your back and a great team mate too you will make a great team one too keep an eye on I have followed Kiyo since 2008 and not a dissapointment to watch keep it up!!! Will have my full support and see you at the races. I deffo think honda made the right choice on their riders.

Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

December 10, 2012 1:50 PM

Kiyo has got this ride because he did well last year.

Both riders have got the talent and could deliver the goods. With Kiyo there is a question mark over the mental side and with Lowes he needs to stay on the bike.

They could both deliver, but it will take some good team management to keep both riders firing on all cylinders for a whole season - the team management of the riders (knowing when to kick and when to cuddle) seems to have been the weak link in this team for a long time.

liebig - Unregistered

December 10, 2012 2:30 PM

Kiyo with his mojo back and Lowesy on momentum from 2012. Could definately be the team to beat for next year. As Hill steps out for 2013, Kiyo's the best thing for keeping the series alive.


December 10, 2012 2:55 PM

I've never been a fan of Kiyonari but this will be good for Lowes to test himself & learn from a 3 times BSB champion. I hope Lowes is the champion next year and I think he'll be very strong as he has grown as a rider this year.

Next year could be a BRILLIANT year for the Lowes twins.

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