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.”