Kiyonari gaining feeling with Bennetts Suzuki

Ryuichi Kiyonari says he's satisfied by his initial laps on the Bennetts Suzuki at Cartagena as he looks to adjust to new machinery.
Ryuichi Kiyonari says he's satisfied by his initial laps on the Bennetts Suzuki at Cartagena as he looks to adjust to new machinery ahead of the 2016 MCE British Superbike season.

The three-time BSB champion has made the full-time switch to Suzuki having competed on the GSX-1000R at the Suzuka 8 Hours. After enjoyed an initial shakedown with Bennetts Suzuki at Brands Hatch, the Japanese rider has begun pre-season testing in Spain alongside new team-mate Tommy Bridewell and says he's happy with his early feeling with the bike.

"I want to just do a lot of laps to understand the bike and team but I am happy and feel very good,” Kiyonari told “The bike feels completely different, the engine feeling, the riding position is different, the chassis is different but it feels good, the engine is very strong and it feels smooth. I just need to do more laps to understand the bike further and it will be good for me.”

Kiyonari says it is too soon to compared the Suzuki with his experiences with Honda and BMW superbikes due to his limited running time but is confident once his mileage increases he can increase outright performance both over a race distance and a single lap.

"I think it is too early to say where the Suzuki will be better than the other bikes I have ridden, but it is good at turning, the engine is good, the suspension is good,” he explained. “I need to improve the corner entry before the apex but I have confidence in the bike.

“I can push and I can try to find the issues we need to work on. I think we can have a faster entry speed so that is what we are working on next. I am happy so far and I want to do more laps now."

Tagged as: Suzuki , Kiyonari , Bridewell

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Ryuichi Kiyonari, Bennetts Suzuki, BSB [Credit: Halsall Racing]
Tommy Bridewell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Sylvain Guintoli, Bennetts Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Jason O`Halloran, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
John Hopkins, Jason O`Halloran, BSB [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Glenn Irwin, Be Wiser Ducati [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
British Superbikes, class of 2017 photo, riders [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Christian Iddon, Tyco BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Richard Cooper, Bennetts Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Peter Hickman, Smiths BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Michael Laverty, McAMS Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


March 08, 2016 11:31 AM

agree and not agree, last year was disaster for him, inconsistent, yes, but is not possible to stay at the top and next year with same bike did soo bad, so maybe the bmw spec rules have something too in this story in my opinion, i know the Suzuki is outdated, but is a very good bike, look what did Iddon last year, so could be some kind of redemption for Kiyo, he know wich have in hands and whats capable of considering the bike level, so cheers for him, hope for a good years...missing Haga, always i remember that last wildcards with PBM in 2012 or 2013? he did great too

© 1999 - 2017 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.