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Motorsport: Ryuichi Kiyonari targets more success for Ashby-based team at Thruxton

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 03, 2014

KING OF THE ROAD ... Ryuichi Kyonari.

KING OF THE ROAD ... Ryuichi Kyonari.

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BUILDBASE BMW Motorrad rider Ryuichi Kiyonari has set his sights on a third win from three rounds at the fast Thruxton circuit this weekend.

Three-time British Superbikes champion Kiyonari has become the talk of the paddock following his recent resurgence and historic race wins on the Ashby-based team's BMW S 1000 RR.

The Japanese rider has emerged as the biggest threat to fellow triple champion Shane Byrne's hopes of a fourth championship title.

With two race wins, and three podiums, from the last four race starts, Kiyonari is now only 22 points behind the current second-placed rider in the championship.

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Kiyonari said: "I'm feeling good about going to Thruxton.

"The circuit is so different to everything else on the calendar and nothing like Brands Hatch or Knockhill.

"It's very fast, very hard on the bike and there are lots of long corners and very few straights – which is the kind of riding I like.

"I've had good results there in the past and once won both races, and I think we're going to be very fast.

"Now we're in the middle of the season, it's very important to be on the podium every race – I think we can do this.

"Our target is now always to win, or be very close. The team has got my bike working very well, so now I have to do my job and win for them."

As the 2014 Superbike season reaches round six, competition for the vital Showdown spots that put riders in contention for the championship title in September is heating up.

Lee Jackson is stepping up a second time and will be riding in both the Superstock 1000 class, where he is currently third in the championship, and in British Superbikes to cover for the injured James Westmoreland.

Westmoreland is due to have his pins removed this week and will be returning to riding as soon as possible following his crash at Snetterton.

Jackson said: "I'm very pleased to have another opportunity to try riding the BSB bike.

"It was a real learning experience, and I think that I'll be in an even better position to aim for a points-scoring finish this weekend.

"I'm also very eager to get out in the Superstock 1000 race as I was disappointed not to win at Brands Hatch after leading the race.

"A podium finish was good, but I wanted better.

"Hopefully at Thruxton I can have three really good races."

Team boss Stuart Hicken, said: "We won at Knockhill and again at Brands Hatch, proving it's no fluke from Kiyo.

"Two good weekends got him into the Showdown spots and now we want to keep the pressure on – and keep winning.

"Looking at the way he's riding, I have no doubt he can take the fight to the other riders."

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