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

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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.


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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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing