King Kiyo returns: Triple champion reunited with Honda Racing at Oulton Park

Triple champion Ryuichi Kiyonari will make an incredible return to the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at the next round of the season at Oulton Park this May Bank Holiday weekend (May 5/6/7), reuniting with his former title-winning Honda Racing team.

The Japanese ace remains the most successful rider at the Cheshire circuit with 12 race victories to his credit and currently competes in the Japanese Championship with the Moriwaki team. However, with Dan Linfoot sidelined though injury, the multiple title-winner will return to Honda Racing for the third round of the season.

The teams are closely linked as Linfoot joined Kiyonari and the experienced Moriwaki squad at the prestigious Suzuka 8 Hour race last year.

Kiyonari said: “I am sorry to hear about Dan, and first of all I wish him a speedy recovery. I am happy to fill for him at Oulton Park with the team I have been racing with for a long time. BSB is a like a home to me and I am thrilled to be back racing again. I have been on the Honda Fireblade CBR1000RR since last season and with the team we know each other well. I will do my best to finish high up in the races.”

Team Manager Havier Beltran commented: “It’s great to have Kiyo back with us for Oulton Park and I can’t think of anyone better suited to fill in for Dan. Kiyo has a lot of history with Honda and this team, and it’s good that he knows most of the guys so it won’t take him long to get settled back in. He’s a very talented rider and Honda has always had an extremely high regard of his skills as a racer, and his long-term experience with the Fireblade will surely help the team.”

The third round of the 2019 Bennetts British Superbike Championship is a Bank Holiday triple-header at Donington Park on May 24/25/26 for more information and to book visit www.donington-park.co.uk

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