Kiyonari struggles to single point at Croft

Ryuichi Kiyonari scores just a single point for his efforts at Croft as he struggles with set-up problems throughout the weekend.
Just two weeks after winning his first race of the season, Ryuichi Kiyonari comes away from the third round of the MCE British Superbike Championship at Croft with just a single point to show for after a dismal weekend.

The Japanese rider failed to crack the top ten once during the weekend, Kiyonari battling set-up issues on his HM Plant Honda to qualify in 14th position – behind the EVO Honda of Alex Lowes.

A poor tyre choice in race one went onto leave him at the tail-end of the field and with a grid position of 28th for race two, from which he was only able to get into 15th.

Nonetheless, while Kiyonari was disappointed with the results, he remains focused on the challenges ahead, starting with Thruxton.

“It has been a difficult weekend for me and I have been trying many different changes but we still were running the same lap times, but we have worked hard to try and fix the problem. In the first race it was a decision on tyres and we thought it would rain more, so we went for wets but that was the wrong choice and I just couldn't push.

“In the second race I had to start so far down the grid because of race one and then it was hard work but we still made passes and moved forward. It is disappointing for me and the team but I want to try and be back on the podium at Thruxton.”

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Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

May 23, 2011 12:19 PM

Interesting article in last Wednesdays MCN which I have only just got round to reading - apparently Kiyos problems relate to the new "blipper" system. Last seasons air bleed based system was outlawed by the FIM so a new blipper system was fitted which is part of the system for managing downshifts - because they haven't quite got it dialed in Kiyo isn't getting enough weight transfer to the front end when he downshifts on corner entry - as a result he isn't getting the right feel from the front end.

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