Kiyonari targets Brands Hatch victories

Ryuichi Kiyonari is eyeing a return to the top of the British Superbike Championship podium in the three Brands Hatch races.
Ryuichi Kiyonari says he is pleased that Brands Hatch will play host to three races this weekend as he looks to secure his place in the British Superbike top six showdown.

The reigning champion's form has fluctuated notably this season, with wins at Oulton Park and Snetterton being tempered by disappointing results elsewhere.

Nonetheless, the Japanese rider remains fifth in the standings, 30 points clear of the seventh place 'drop zone', while Brands Hatch has proven to be a happy hunting ground for the Japanese rider in the past.

“I am happy because there are three races at Brands Hatch and it is one of my favourite tracks on the calendar," the HM Plant Honda rider said. "I think it will be a good weekend for the fans, because it is going to be so close, but that means harder for us riders! It is important to do well at Brands Hatch because it will be the same track as the final round so we need to be fast.

“There are many riders that can win there, but I need to be strong like I was when I won at Oulton Park earlier in the year. The top four riders you know are going to be fast and fighting for the win, but there are other riders too that could be there and we have the Kawasaki WSB coming too.

“I think we can win; we have made lots of progress with the HM Plant Honda Fireblade so we need to go out and push hard. I have the number one plate on my bike and that means I should be up the front fighting for the win and nothing less.”

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Ryuichi Kiyonari HM Plant Honda: [picture credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]
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Ryuichi Kiyonari HM Plant Honda: [picture credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]
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Kiyo Rulz - Unregistered

August 04, 2011 9:23 PM

Kiyo on his day is one of the best riders in the world. I'll never forget Brands WSBK in 2008 when he beat Bayliss and then Haga for the double. And he recently notched up his fourth Suzuka 8 Hour win so let's hope he can do well this weekend.

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