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Kiyonari prepares for title defence at Brands Hatch

Friday, April 15 2011

Reigning MCE Insurance British Superbike champion Ryuichi Kiyonari begins his title defence next weekend at Brands Hatch (22-25 April) as the Japanese ace bids for an unprecedented fourth championship crown.

Kiyonari is currently the most successful rider in BSB history with a record 41 race wins and last season equalled Niall Mackenzie's record of three titles, however the HM Plant Honda rider believes that this could be one of the hardest seasons he has every experienced as he prepares for the opening two races.

Kiyo said: "Our pre-season testing has been very good. I think we are in a better place now than we were before Brands Hatch last year because we have tried very hard over the winter to improve as we want to win again!

"The are lots of very good riders in BSB and it is going to be important to be winning races at every round. There is a lot of pressure before the first race at Brands Hatch for everyone because nobody knows who is going to be fast. There is pressure on me because I am champion, but after the first race I think we can relax a little because there is so much that is unknown before we start racing again.

"I think the riders that were fighting for the championship last season will be there again and there are so many different riders with new teams and bikes who are also fast. There are too many who can win so the races should be exciting for the fans! I want to win at Brands Hatch, for myself and the team and also the people of Japan."

You can now book your advance tickets for the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship season opener on Easter weekend (22-25 April) at Brands Hatch by clicking on the link below or by calling 0843 453 9000.