Ryuichi Kiyonari has labelled HM Plant Honda team-mate Josh Brookes as his 'main problem' in the fight for victory at the upcoming Cadwell Park round of the MCE British Superbike Championship.
The Japanese rider moved to the head of the BSB standings for the first time at Brands Hatch with a trio of podium finishes, Kiyonari securing his place in the upcoming title 'showdown' in the process.
Targeting his third BSB title having won in 2006 and 2007, Kiyonari has high hopes ahead of another visit to Cadwell Park, where he was victorious earlier in the year.
Suggesting the HM Plant Honda team is better placed now than when it scored a double victory around the Louth circuit back in May, Kiyonari expects his biggest challenge to come from Brookes.
"I am happy to go to Cadwell Park as it is my home track and I only live a few miles away, so I am motivated to have good results there for myself and the HM Plant Honda team,” he told the BSB website. “The championship points are so close, so I know I need to have two good races to get the podium credits, because they are important for the standings after the weekend.
“I think as a team we are stronger now than we were when we won at Cadwell Park earlier in the year, so I am feeling confident that the improvements we have made mean we can do it again.
“I think for me, the main problem will be my team-mate Josh as he doesn't give up and he was fast there before, but I will enjoy another battle with him and we want to put on a good show for the fans."