BSB: Kiyonari hopeful of strong pace at 'difficult' Thruxton

Published: 21 July 2016

Ryuichi Kiyonari is prepared for a tough weekend as he looks to push the Bennetts Suzuki further towards the front of the field at Thruxton this weekened. 

The three-time British Champion has endured a difficult start to the season with the GSX-R1000, but is hoping strong form in his recent Suzuka test will be enough of a boost to help him improve his results this weekend.

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Kiyonari had started to find pace on the Suzuki at Brands Hatch, running consistently in the top five before falling and breaking his collarbone – ruling him out of the following race and leaving him on the back foot for the next round. Now fully recovered, he’s keen to make a mark this weekend before flying back to Japan for the prestigious Suzuka 8hr.

“The season has been a little bit up and down so far with some bad luck,” he said. “We had the tyre issue at Snetterton and I made a mistake, but I think we have also shown we can be fast. I want to put Snetterton behind me in the best way, by having good races at Thruxton but it is never easy here. It is a fast circuit and exciting to ride but it is very difficult too. I’m hoping we can have two strong races.” 

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