Ryuichi Kiyonari says precision and care to guide his Team Kagayama Suzuki squad home was the key to its third place finish at the Suzuka 8 Hours.

The Japanese rider had been given the blessing from his MCE British Superbike team Buildbase BMW to compete at the prestigious endurance event, making his debut on Suzuki machinery alongside Noriyuki Haga and Yukio Kagayama for #17 Team Kagayama.

Kiyonari, a four-time winner at Suzuka, says he's delighted to grab third and it marks his first rostrum finish of 2015 having suffered a difficult season in British Superbikes.

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"I am very happy with third place on the podium," Kiyonari said. "On my final stint I rode very carefully and always checking pit signals. My team-mates are very great experienced riders, so was sure we would get a good result."

Team chief Kagayama felt they had the potential to overcome eventual winners Yamaha Factory Racing but some issues curtailed their charge.

"It's great to get a podium again for our team, sponsors and supporters," Kagayama said. "I promised Noriyuki and Ryuichi to provide a great bike with the potential to win, but couldn't quite manage this so feel sorry for both our great riders."