Author: Bike Social Sports Reporter Posted: 07 Apr 2014
Ryuichi Kiyonari thinks the BMW S 1000 RR has the potential to win races in the British Superbike championship. The three-time champion switches to BMW-power for the 2014 season, the first time he’s ridden anything but Honda machinery in his whole career. The thirty-one year old endured a torrid time aboard the Samsung Honda in 2013, salvaging three podiums from a tough season.
Kiyonari got his first taste of the S 1000 RR during a shakedown test at Mallory Park two weeks ago and had a first proper run at Donington Park last Tuesday, where he set the ninth fastest time despite having had less testing than the other nine riders in the top ten.
“I feel positive at this stage but I’m still not sure about the bike at the moment, I feel good with it but I need more laps to understand it” Kiyonari said speaking to Bike Social.
“It’s completely different to the Honda but it’s not too difficult bike to change to, The BMW is a strong bike and it’s fast but I need to take it lap by lap, session by session to see how fast we can go.
“This machine has potential to win races but it depends on how fast I can go, if I can go fast we can win races for sure. Last year was difficult and that’s why I switched teams because I want to win races and championships and I feel that in this team, we can do it.”
Kiyonari stormed to the 2006 and 2007 British Superbike titles before a brief foray into the World Superbike Championship. Returning to Britain for 2010, Kiyo took his third title but has struggled to find form ever since.
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