Kiyonari downbeat over title chances

The three-time champion managed just a single sixth place finish in the second race, leaving 50 points off the lead.
Ryuichi Kiyonari admits it will be 'very difficult' to retain his MCE British Superbike Championship crown after a lacklustre weekend at Donington Park.

Having squeezed into the top six shootout, despite a run of inconsistent form, three-time BSB champion, Kiyonari had hoped to take advantage of the equalised points' system and start afresh.

However, the HM Plant Honda rider was off the pace in both races, retiring from the first due to mechanical difficulties before ending up sixth in race two.

As such, he is already 50 points off John Hopkins at the head of the standings, Kiyonari admitting he faces an uphill task to claw back the ground over the remaining five races.

“In the first race we had an engine problem which was disappointing for us. In the second race we had more problems. After five laps I had chatter at the front and we still do not know how to solve that. It is very difficult now to win the championship, but we will never give up."

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September 13, 2011 11:30 AM

Would not be deserved if he did win it, his been poor all year for some reason... Not sure if he is there next year, the team have not sorted sponsors out yet from watching on Sunday...


September 13, 2011 11:44 AM

The Kiyo we have seen in the last few races is not the one we are used to. Think the fact that he is only in the shootout because Brookes took Rutter out says everything. If Kiyo does not already have a contract in place with HM for next year he will be lucky to retain his ride with them because the team & their sponsors want wins.

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