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Three is the magic number for Kiyonari

The Japanese rider adds to his 2006 and 2007 crowns with HM Plant Honda with another superb title.
Ryuichi Kiyonari is basking in the glory of yet another British Superbike Championship title as three wins at Oulton Park proved more than enough to wrap up a third crown.

The Japanese racer entered the final weekend of the season third in the standings, but masterful performances in each of the races were testament to his experience in pressured title shootout circumstances.

While he was helped somewhat by Tommy Hill's failure to finish during the second race of the weekend, Kiyonari focused on exactly what he needed to do to ensure a third title, the 2006 and 2007 champion eventually emerging 24 points clear overall.

An important win for Kiyonari, who returned to British Superbikes after a two-year spell on the World Superbike stage, he was full of praise for the HM Plant Honda team.

"Saturday's race was awesome and the first race on Sunday was good for me but I was feeling more nervous ahead of the last race as I felt that the pressure was on me and that I had more to lose. It was a good race and I wanted to win so badly.

“The second race I was pushing hard as I knew that the others needed the win, but it feels a relief now as the win was enough to be champion again. It has been a big fight all season and all the other riders haven't made it easy for me all year. It has been tough and there have been good and bad moments but now I can relax.

“The championship means as much to me as the others and I have to thank everyone for their support and the team for their hard work."


Tagged as: HM Plant , Kiyonari , Oulton Park

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Ryuichi Kiyonari - HM Plant Honda [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
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Not Hills fanboy - Unregistered

October 12, 2010 2:00 PM

Get over it Hill fanboys. Your pal had it on the plate...and he messed up. He could have settled for podiums in the second race. Too bad we got to see the real Tommy...a desperate rider that probably wont win a championship. In other news, hope Kiyo gets a ride in a Parkalgar Superbike team should that ever materialise. Long shot yes, but would be good to see him have a second crack...maybe with backing from Honda UK?

P - Unregistered

October 12, 2010 8:38 PM

Well three title's in BSB and if you did move over to WSBK only race wines would be back on a British track ( Brands Hatch) So might as well and stay in BSB because i don't think you would be win a WSBK Title.



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