Battle-lines drawn as Kiyonari returns to BSB

“It is obviously a great opportunity for me to join Samsung Honda and I am ready to give it everything,” he said. “I had a great season on the Honda last year and I think my style suits the Fireblade and I feel comfortable pushing it. The team have a lot of experience and we want to win the championship; they are a strong team and I think we are in a really good position to try and win that back.

“This is my best chance now that I have had a couple of seasons in BSB, now I just need to come out and be consistent from the start. I want to pick up where I left off last year and then we should be in a position ready for the end of the season and the Showdown. I want to be winning more races next year as I definitely think I am in a position now to be going for the title.”

As well as retaining Samsung backing for 2013, Honda's line-up for next year will include a return to British Supersport competition with Jason O'Halloran on the CBR600RR. The Australian finished runner-up for Samsung Honda behind Keith Farmer in the National Superstock 1000 Championship in 2012.

“It is an interesting direction to move into British Supersport for me but I have experience in that class - winning the Australian Supersport Championship in 2007 was a highlight of my career. I am excited to get on the new 2013 CBR600RR and it is the ideal time to make a statement in the championship with a new bike, which I am sure I can make.”

Samsung Honda competed with Michael Laverty and Jon Kirkham in 2012. Laverty will race in MotoGP with PBM next year, while Kirkham has switched to Buildbase BMW.

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Ryuichi Kiyonari signs for Samsung Honda (Pic: Honda).
Alex Lowes signs for Samsung Honda (Pic: Honda).
Samsung Honda’s 2013 line-up: Kiyonari, Lowes and O’Halloran (Pic: Honda).
Jenny Timouth, Honda Racing, BSB test day [Credit Ian Hopgood]
Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing, BSB test day [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Ryuichi Kiyonari, Buildbase BMW, BSB Donington test [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Jason O`Halloran, Honda Racing, BSB, Donington test [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Jason O`Halloran, Honda Racing, BSB, Donington test [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne (GBR) PBM Kawasaki, Almeria [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Ryuichi Kiyonari and Lee Jackson, Buildbase BMW [Credit: British Superbike]
Jenny Tinmouth - Honda Racing
Jason O`Halloran - Honda Racing
Dan Linfoot - Honda Racing
Dan Linfoot - Honda Racing
Shane Byrne (GBR) PBM Kawasaki, Almeria [Credit:]
Shane Byrne wins Torrens Trophy
Honda confirms BSB return with Linfoot, O’Halloran

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