BSB »

Kiyonari back in the hunt after second win

Ryuichi Kiyonari shows flashes of his best again at Snetterton as he claims a second British Superbike win of the season.
Ryuichi Kiyonari gave a strong indication that he cannot be discounted for the 2011 MCE British Superbike Championship title after returning to the top of the podium at Snetterton.

The Japanese rider has slipped down the order after a run of poor form since winning at Oulton Park, though has retained a spot inside the top six to ensure he remains in the hunt for a title shootout.

Even so, having managed just two podiums heading to round six, the reigning champion still had something to prove at Snetterton and did as much by challenging for the podium in race one. Though a mistake would leave him fifth at the chequered flag, Kiyonari had done enough to secure pole position for race two.

Beaten by Hopkins off the line, Kiyonari held second when the race was stopped on lap eight. However, a poor start saw him back to fourth place, a position he held with just over two laps remaining.

Fighting his way past Josh Brookes, Kiyonari got himself onto the tail of the lead fight and was in the right place when Shane Byrne and John Hopkins came together ahead of him. Rounding the final bends to complete an unexpected second win of the season, Kiyonari was delighted to be celebrating again, even if he did accept the somewhat fortuitous circumstances.

"In race one I was feeling more confident but knew we had to find something extra for race two," the HM Plant Honda rider said. "I am of course happy for the win in race two and I was lucky as I could have been third rather than first. I found it very difficult to pass Josh Brookes and then I tried to catch the leading group and I think with more laps maybe I could have.

“I am sorry for Shakey and John but we needed the win here for our championship especially after some bad results. Our hard work has finally paid off and my confidence is high so now I look forward to Oulton Park."



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Ryuichi Kiyonari - HM Plant Honda
Ryuichi Kiyonari - HM Plant Honda
Ryuichi Kiyonari - HM Plant Honda
Ryuichi Kiyonari - HM Plant Honda
Quattro Plant Kawasaki`s Dan Linfoot
Ryuichi Kiyonari at Donington Park
Shane Byrne Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki - ihphotography.net
Ryuichi Kiyonari Buildbase BMW Motorrad - ihphotography.net
Ryuichi Kiyonari Buildbase BMW Motorrad - ihphotography.net
Ryuichi Kiyonari Buildbase BMW Motorrad - ihphotography.net
Peter Hickman RAF Reserves Honda - ihphotography.net
Julien Da Costa Honda Racing - ihphotography.net
Julien Da Costa Honda Racing - ihphotography.net
Dan Linfoot Quattro Plant Kawasaki - ihphotography.net
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

Start the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.