Kiyonari joins Team KAGAYAMA at Suzuka 8 Hours Test
The 2nd Official Test of the Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance was held at Suzuka Circuit on July 7th and 8th.
Ryuichi Kiyonari flew back to Japan immediately after his race at Knockhill to join Yukio Kagayama and Noriyuki Haga for his one and only test before race week.
Being the rainy season in Japan, the first day of the test was on a wet track. However, although cloudy, Kiyonari and the team was able to test in dry condition. Kiyonari showed speed right from the start. He marked a 2’08.599, which was the team’s best lap of this test. Out of more than 150 riders that participated in this test, which included MotoGP, World Superbike, and British Superbike riders, Kiyonari’s time was 4th fastest in the 2 day test. Kagayama’s lap of 2’20.439 was the 2nd fastest overall in wet condition.
Kiyonari is currently flying back to the U.K. to race at Brands Hatch next weekend.
“I am happy to be able to join the team for this test. It usually gets a little sloppy with three riders, but I felt that the team is very well united as one. Every thing went smoothly, and I am impressed by how the team works.
It was my first time on a SUZUKI GSX-R1000, but I was able to ride it naturally, without any need for gimmicking. It usually take time to get used to a new bike, but I didn’t need much time to do that.
I was able to ride in both wet and dry conditions, and everything came smooth for me, so my biggest worry is now gone. I don’t have anything to worry at this point, so I am looking forward to the race. I still don’t have many laps on me, so I wish to do that in race week and get well prepared for the race.”
“This was the first test with all 3 riders present. We all raced at the World Superbike together, and know each other well, so we were able to test in good spirit. This was the first time for Kiyo to ride a SUZUKI, so we concentrated on letting Kiyo do as many laps as possible.
Kiyo lapped well on wet condition, and did great on dry. His lap time on dry track was the team’s best, and he showed what a top rider can do. It only took a few laps for him to get on speed, so the team is happy about it. As for the team, we were 2nd in wet and 4th in dry, so I am very satisfied. Kiyo won’t be here, but we have some more testing to do next week, so I plan to be prepared for the race.”