BSB » Kiyonari in surprise switch to BMW

Ryuichi Kiyonari brings his long tenure with Honda to an end with the announcement he will join Buildbase BMW in BSB next season.

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December 16, 2013 11:43 AM

Kiyo is the current, most high profile, example of what bike racing is all about. Undoubtedly a very talented and skillful biker but his head is completely shot, and when your head is shot no matter how talented you are you just cannot compete and end up looking very second rate.

I am very surprised that BMW have signed the guy because he really had shown absolutely no signs of getting his psychological mojo sorted out as the season progressed in '13...unless of course there is some other reason behind the signing, like cash!

It would be good - if only for the championship - to see him back to his best, but, personally (for what that matters!), he strikes me as being too deep a person to be able to fight through his demons enough to ever truly hit the front again...


December 16, 2013 12:06 PM

What really surprises me is not that Kiyo is staying in BSB, but he's staying in Britain at all. He was a Championship winner before he returned to BSB, but over the last few years he has just not seemed to be happy here.
i hope, sincerely, that it all works out for him.


December 16, 2013 12:54 PM

Kiyo seems to suffer from bad homesickness from what I've heard. No doubt when his head is engaged he is a brilliant rider but if it isn't then he really struggles to be competitive.
Perhaps a change to BMW may be the spur he needs to get back to where we all know he can be. Hopefully it will work out - otherwise it could be another Nori Haga scenario which would be a great shame.


December 16, 2013 7:24 PM

Greavesit: What a waste of a good bike when there's many up and coming riders who would benefit from a team like this... Kiyo lost his desire years ago and is now just a journeyman.

That's a strange comment , who are these up and coming riders ? One of the reasons Samsung Honda stated for pulling out was a lack of riders . It could be argued that front runners from super sport or super stock could fill seats. But two of the top super sport riders (easton + Wilson ) have already moved up and sealey is confirmed in super sport next season . The only rider i can think of is Keith farmer who seems unsigned with potential.

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