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Kiyonari ready to size up competition

Ryuichi Kiyonari returns to Europe to begin the defence of his British Superbike Championship crown with a test in Spain.
Reigning British Superbike Champion Ryuichi Kiyonari says he is relishing the challenge of winning a fourth title as he readies himself for the start of pre-season testing.

The HM Plant Honda man is one of only two riders who finished inside the overall top ten standings last year to be sticking with the same team-bike combination in 2011 (the other being Michael Rutter).

It is competition he is keen to size up at the first pre-season test of the year in Spain, not least from within his own camp as he will be joined for the first time by former champion – and ex-WSBK rider – Shane Byrne.

"I am a little nervous, but I always am when we first get back on the bike after a winter off as I haven't ridden for a few months,” he said. “Everything will be different this season with new riders and that means new competition for me, which makes me happy as it is another challenge.

“In Spain we know what we did last year, so I hope for good weather and be able to improve my speed and go faster than before. We want a good test as I know it is going to be another tough season and I won't be happy unless I am winning or finishing on the podium in every race."



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Ryuichi Kiyonari - HM Plant Honda [pic credit: David Salisbury]
Ryuichi Kiyonari - HM Plant Honda [pic credit: Jamie Morris]
Ryuichi Kiyonari - HM Plant Honda [pic credit: Jamie Morris]
Ryuichi Kiyonari - HM Plant Honda [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Ryuichi Kiyonari at Donington Park
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Ryuichi Kiyonari Buildbase BMW Motorrad - ihphotography.net
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Julien Da Costa Honda Racing - ihphotography.net
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Dan Linfoot Quattro Plant Kawasaki - ihphotography.net
Ryuichi Kiyonari
Ryuichi Kiyonari on the Buildbase BMW at Donington Park
Ryuichi Kiyonari Buildbase BMW Motorrad - ihphotography.net
Peter Hickman RAF Reserves Honda - ihphotography.net

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John - Unregistered

March 01, 2011 8:07 PM

Kyonari and Shakey are gonna have a right tear up this year. Both of them probably feel they have unfinished business in WSBK. If Byrne can pull a 3rd title out of the bag, he could be hopping aboard Xaus's Ten-Kate bike next year...



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