British Superbike champion Ryuichi Kiyonari has spoken of his shock to the recent events in his home country of Japan, which has left areas of the country devastated.
Ryuichi Kiyonari is looking forward to continuing the development of new suspension parts on his Ten Kate Honda Racing CBR1000RR Fireblade at this weekend’s (4-6 September) 11th round World Superbike championship event at Nurburgring in Germany.
The Japanese ace began using Ohlins suspension at the last round at Brno in the Czech Republic and enjoyed an improvement in his feeling on the bike in the second race there, despite finishing in 13th place.
In changeable weather conditions, Ryuichi Kiyonari set the eighth fastest time in today’s Superpole sessions at Misano in Italy to secure a second row start for tomorrow’s two eighth round World Superbike championship races.
The Japanese ace had been running near the top of the leaderboard in all earlier practice sessions but opted to use his two allotted Pirelli qualifiers in the second Superpole session to ensure progression to the final eight-rider shoot out. Going out on a race tyre early in the final session, Kiyonari crashed unhurt at turn one on his first flying lap.
With track temperatures nudging 50 degrees, Ryuichi Kiyonari set the sixth fastest time in this afternoon’s opening qualifying session for Sunday’s World Superbike races at Misano in Italy.
The Japanese rider was quickly on the pace in this morning’s free practice session and backed that up with a provisional second row performance in today’s 60-minute qualifying session, in which Italian Michel Fabrizio set the provisional pole time.
Ryuichi Kiyonari is focused on returning to the World Superbike championship podium as his Ten Kate Honda Racing team heads to Misano in north-east Italy for round eight of the 2009 series this weekend (19-21 June).
The Japanese ace, who enjoyed three race victories in his debut season last year, has had frustratingly mixed results recently. A double podium finish at Monza in Italy last month was followed by unsatisfactory results in South Africa a week later.
Ben Spies (Yamaha World Superbike) immediately made amends in race 2 by dominating from start to finish. The Texan left everyone standing after just a few laps and went on to win his fifth race of the season. This win, together with the crash at the Parabolica on lap 3 of points leader Noriyuki Haga (Ducati Xerox), who had been hit by a bird, keeps the championship battle wide open. Michel Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox) now becomes a credible title candidate after crowning his Italian weekend with an excellent second place.