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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 17, 2011 7:04 PM

Yes - he'll bounce back, but over the last few seasons he seems to have been either getting worse at setup or more sensitive and less able to ride through problems. Considering the amount of data that the team have and the experience level of Kiyo and his crew I find his floundering / inconsistency baffling.



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