Former double champion Ryuichi Kiyonari will start his return BSB season when the 2010 series kicks off at Brands Hatch Indy on Easter Monday, April 5.

The 27-year-old Japanese rider is back after two mixed seasons in the World Superbike Championship with Ten Kate Honda - with whom he claimed three race wins in year one, but slumped to just two third-places in year two.

Despite dropping back to the national series, Kiyonari insists he is motivated for the year ahead and delighted to be back with HM Plant Honda.

"I feel that I am back at home now I am here with this team," explained Kiyonari, who will ride alongside Australian Josh Brookes. "I have the same people working with me and everything around me is good.

"I am excited to be racing here, and although it will be hard, as there are many good riders in the championship, I want to win.

"I had some of my best times riding with this team and now I want that to continue," added Kiyonari who, having made his debut in Britain in 2004, won the title in 2006 and 2007.

Another former BSB champion is also returning to the series for 2010 in the form of Neil Hodgson. The 2003 WSBK title winner has joined Motorpoint Yamaha.


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