Knockhill: Kiyonari hopes history repeats itself to refresh year

Despite suffering a difficult start to 2015 Ryuichi Kiyonari is looking to 12 months ago for inspiration to energise his British Superbike campaign
Ryuichi Kiyonari is looking back to 12 months ago for inspiration to get his MCE British Superbike championship challenge alive after suffering a frustrating start to his 2015 campaign.

The Buildbase BMW rider has started this season in almost identical fashion to last year and Knockhill acted as the catalyst for 2014 his title challenge, which painfully fell just short at the final round due to an injured collarbone.

Last season Kiyonari claimed a first and second place at the Scottish circuit and is aiming for a repeat performance this time around to spark a surge up the BSB riders' standings.

In the current standings the three-time BSB champion is a lowly 11th place but because of the Showdown format in the series the Japanese rider still has ample opportunity to recover the lost ground and reach the top six shootout.

“I have happy memories of Knockhill from last season where I took my first win since 2011,” Kiyonari said. “After that I won quite a few races and fought for the championship so hopefully we can do something similar this year.

“The first four rounds have been difficult, I always want to improve each time but it hasn't happened yet. I want to win for the team, as my machine is very good.”

Kiyonari's team manager Steve Hicken has full confidence in his rider, claiming the race pace is there but a number of small issues have halted his progress.

“Our championship started at Knockhill last season and I'm hoping we can do it again because it's been a difficult one so far this year,” Hicken said. “Kiyo has shown he has the pace to run at the front but for whatever reason the results just haven't come so far. The feeling ahead of Knockhill is positive, so we'll see what we can do.”

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July 02, 2015 12:52 PM

@ Ampere - good post. Completely agree he was pretty much a shoe-in to take the title fight to the wire last year until the collarbone injury, even SB67 thought so, and said so, in various interviews. @ Lancsman - "I bet Paul Bird would have sacked him by now." - just like it makes complete sense to keep hiring Easton you mean?? Also agree with PatrickD - no disrespect to SB67, he's a quality rider and has proven himself in this field many times, but it's getting to the point when the support package is proving to be more entertaining than the main events, and that surely isn't right?

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