Ryuichi Kiyonari: Still have work to do

Published On May 7, 2013 | 2 Wheels, Ryuichi Kiyonari

Kiyonari at Oulton Park, May 2013Oulton Park became an another tough weekend for Ryuichi Kiyonari.  Round 3 of the British Superbike Championship (BSB) opened in Oulton park May 4th.

Kiyonari and the team tested at Knockhill after Round 2.  Although Kiyonari found what seems to be the problem, he also understood that it would take time to solve it.  Kiyo came to Oulton Park, a track where he won the title in 2010, by winning the triple header in the last race of the season, and where he still holds the race record.

Kiyonari started the weekend by trying out different settings, but no success was to found to make the machine stable enough for Kiyonari to be a contender.  Kiyonari barely made it to Q2 at qualifying, and qualified 14th with 1’37.406.

With another setting, Kiyo challenged Race 1, only to find that the setting was in the wrong direction.  He could not find pace.  With some of the riders ahead of him retiring, Kiyo managed to maintain 16th.  He passed 2 riders at the end of the race, and finished 14 points.

Kiyo found a better setting fro Race 2, but not enough to put himself in the front.  He started from the 19th grid, and found good pace, lapping his weekend best.  He moved up to 12th, but that was the best he could do.  He continued to battle in the group aiming for P8, he did not have the machine that would allow him to pass.  He finished 12th in Race 2.

Ryuichi Kiyonari, Comment
“We got some points which is better than at Thruxton and this time we have finished but I’ve not reached my targets. The bike is better but we need to be faster still. In 2010 if I had a problem I was able to solve it but this time I’m not able to solve what the problem is. I will never give up and I have to keep on trying because something might change.”

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