Ryuichi Kiyonari has put his third position on the grid for the latest round of the World Superbike Championship at Miller Motorsports Park down to taking advice from his team-mates on how to ride the circuit better.
The Japanese rider has struggled with consistency throughout the season, his podium highs from Monza being let down by a series of anonymous results elsewhere.
Fearing something similar would happen at Miller Motorsports Park, Kiyonari sought advice from Ten Kate Honda team-mates Checa and Kenan Sofuoglu on where to pick up precious time.
Claiming to have gained 'three or four tenths' in the process, the former British Superbike champion was duly rewarded with a run to third position on the grid, just behind Checa.
“I sat down with my Ten Kate Honda team-mates, Carlos and Kenan Sofuoglu, for some advice on riding Miller the right way. I was still not as consistent as I wanted to be today, but it was very useful advice and, I think, maybe allowed me to go three or four tenths quicker.
“I tried a slightly different riding style this morning, with different lines, different acceleration and different braking and it worked. We also played with the rear shock a lot and found another few tenths there. I think I can maintain a good race pace tomorrow as both the bike and the tyres are working very well.
“I need to concentrate very hard and we will have to see how the weather is tomorrow, but I am looking forward to the races.”