Kiyonari targets 'important' title win

The two-time British Superbike Champion eyes a hat-trick of titles ahead of the 2010 Oulton Park finale.
Ryuichi Kiyonari says winning a third British Superbike Championship title will be 'important for his career', as he heads into the season finale at Oulton Park chasing Tommy Hill and Josh Brookes.

The Japanese rider won the title in 2006 and 2007 before embarking on a two-year tenure in World Superbikes with Ten Kate Honda. Returning to the national series in 2010, Kiyonari has shown flashes of his best on the way to four race wins, though he begins the showdown 15 points adrift of leader Hill.

Nonetheless, Kiyonari is no stranger to title shootouts, the 34-time BSB race winner insisting that he will push as hard as he can to come away with an 'important' third success.

“I like Oulton Park but I know that they will be three tough races there as we all want to win," the HM Plant Honda rider said. "The championship is really close and we are all going to be fighting hard as nobody wants to lose the title.

“I know that we can win, as I have done it before, but it is going to take more concentration than before and I will be pushing as hard as I can as one mistake means we could miss out. I want to be champion again and the team have worked hard so I don't want to disappoint them.

“It is important for my career that I win again so I will be doing everything I can.”

Tagged as: HM Plant , Kiyonari , Oulton Park

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Ryuichi Kiyonari - HM Plant Honda [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Ryuichi Kiyonari - HM Plant Honda [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Joshua Brookes, Ryuichi Kiyonari - HM Plant Honda [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Ryuichi Kiyonari - HM Plant Honda [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Ryuichi Kiyonari - HM Plant Honda [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Jason O`Halloran, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
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Tommy Bridewell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
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Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
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I really don't understand how Kiyonari can shine in BSB and not in WSBK? The race tracks in BSB seem much more intense and difficult, and the weather plays up a lot as well. I wish you all the best Kiyo but lets face it ... your racing career pretty much ends here at BSB. Maybe a third or forth title awaits you here but you've lost your chance at MotoGP and WSBK.

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