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Kiyonari eyes historic rostrum for BMW at Oulton Park

1 May 2014

New Buildbase BMW signing Ryuichi Kiyonari believes he has rediscovered his old spark as the Japanese rider aims to enhance his incredible record at Oulton Park.

Kiyonari is the most successful MCE British Superbike Championship rider ever at the Cheshire circuit, where he has amassed ten victories throughout his career.

The triple BSB champion appeared revitalised at Brands Hatch, equalling Buildbase BMW's best result in the series of fourth place in race two at the Kent track.

Kiyonari is now aiming to go one better at the Bank Holiday meeting at Oulton and clinch a maiden rostrum finish in the championship for the German manufacturer.

“Brands Hatch was unbelievable - especially my start in the first race,” said Kiyonari, who dramatically stalled his S1000-RR on the line in the opener and was fortunate to avoid being struck by the charging pack.

“Practice and qualifying went well and I think I have adapted quickly to the new team and the Buildbase BMW. I hadn't ridden the BMW in the wet so I tried to just do some fast laps and build confidence in those conditions and we had a crash, but I was still on the front row which was really good.

“We still have some things to work on, but I think we had a good start with fourth place in race two and I just need to close the gap and then I can follow the others like 'Shakey' [Byrne] and Josh [Brookes], then get in front of them,” he added.

“I really like Oulton Park because I have good memories at the circuit in the past so I am looking forward to going back this weekend. For sure there are a few bad ones too but I have some good confidence now and we want to be getting closing to the other teams.”

Kiyonari anticipates a tough race at Oulton but feels he is back to his old self as he sets his sights on the rostrum.

“I know it won't be easy but I want to be on the podium and now we have had a fourth place at Brands Hatch I want to be third, then second and then winning again,” he said.

“We made mistakes at Brands Hatch and were fourth so we need to improve this weekend and I think we can start looking for podiums - this year is a new Kiyo.”


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