Ryuichi Kiyonari's evident affinity with the Buildbase BMW S1000RR has filled the Japanese star with plenty of confidence that he can clinch a record fourth MCE British Superbike title.

Kiyonari is currently third in the points table heading into the opening Showdown round at Assen this weekend, a single point behind Josh Brookes and 27 behind Shane 'Shakey' Byrne.

The triple BSB champion has been revitalised following his switch to Stuart Hicken's team this season and with a deal already wrapped up for 2015, Kiyonari has a clear mind as he attempts to secure the crown in the 'War for Four'.

He bagged a double in the pre-Showdown round at Donington Park to throw down the gauntlet and Kiyo is relishing the chance to carry that momentum to the iconic Dutch circuit and pile more pressure on Byrne, who hasn't won a race since Knockhill in June.

"I've now got to push hard every round and every race; I hope I can win the championship," he said. "After three years of bad results I am very happy with my bike and team, I am feeling good.

"At Donington Park everything went great and it made me think 'no problem' - but 'Shakey' and Josh are two very good riders."

Lee Jackson will also join Kiyonari and James Westmoreland at Assen to bolster Buildbase BMW's ranks as the Showdown begins in earnest.

Team owner Hicken said: "Evidently it's a very big round for us. And all we need to do is keep doing what we have been doing. And we've got three riders in BSB this weekend with Lee getting another shot on the Superbike.

"Unfortunately we missed the Assen Showdown test as Kiyo's bike was in bits after Cadwell, but this won't hold him or us back. He's ridden there at world level and he's absolutely on form at the moment," he added.

"With lady luck on our side, we'll be even closer to 'Shakey' when we leave at the end of the weekend."



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