Ryuichi Kiyonari heads to the sixth round of the World Superbike Championship hopeful that he can produce a repeat of his podium winning performance at Monza.
Doing a fine job of reviving his flagging season, Kiyonari doubled his points tally so far this year after qualifying on the front row and finishing third in both races.
Attention, however, now immediately turns to the next round at Kyalami, a new venue for Kiyonari, but one he sampled during pre-season testing towards the end of last year.
Although he admits he didn't perform as well as he wanted on that occasion, he is hoping the confidence boost from his Monza endeavour will prompt further success in South Africa.
“I am still very happy from the two visits to the podium at Monza last Sunday and I would like to thank my team again for all the hard work they have done to give me such a good bike to ride. I want more again at Kyalami this week but I know we will all have to work even harder now, especially the rider!
“I liked the circuit at Kyalami and did many laps when we tested there at the end of last year. I was not as fast as I would like to be but it was good to spend some time getting to know the circuit – hopefully this will allow us to concentrate on finding the right setting for this weekend and then I will go fast!”
Ten Kate Honda team-mate Carlos Checa, meanwhile, has targeted a return to prominence at Kyalami after another frustrating round in Italy, one that leaves him outside the top ten in the overall standings.
"I felt a little frustrated after Monza because after an encouraging start to the weekend, the bike developed a little bit of chatter again. The development is definitely going in the right direction and we could see this at Assen, but still there are some problems to look at, like the opening of the throttle while still on the side of the tyre.
“But I'm sure we can keep the momentum going when we arrive at Kyalami. The track is quite bumpy and I also had some chatter problems during the test, but the circuit is fun to ride and I'm looking forward to returning there."