Ryuichi Kiyonari insists he will keep pushing for the 2011 MCE British Superbike Championship title, despite seeing his hopes take a potentially terminal blow at Donington Park.
Kiyonari had hoped the 'equalised' showdown rules would give him a renewed shot at the title, following an inconsistent season to that point, but a mechanical failure in race one has contributed to the 50 point margin between himself and John Hopkins.
Nonetheless, the Japanese rider is determined to maintain those title hopes, however slim, with a run to the podium at Silverstone.
“The first Showdown round at Donington Park was disappointing as we didn't score points in race one, so at Silverstone we have to try and catch up in the points and get ourselves in a better position for the final round at Brands Hatch.
“The problems we have been having are not easy to solve, but I still think it is possible to fight with the other Title Fighters. The title won't be easy to win now but I haven't given up because anything can still happen; we saw that at Donington with Shakey [Byrne] and Michael [Laverty]. I will be trying hard to be back on the podium because I still want to win for the HM Plant Honda team.”