Ryuichi Kiyonari admits he is going to have to pull out all the stops this weekend as he looks to hang on to a place in the championship showdown. The Japanese rider currently holds a five point advantage over Michael Rutter ahead of this weekend's triple header and knows that his title defence will be over if he is overtaken in the standings.
The six places in the Showdown will be confirmed at the end of the meeting and Kiyonari believes that podium finishes will make all the difference.
“We tested again before Cadwell Park as we needed to make more improvements for this weekend from me and the HM Plant Honda Fireblade. This is the home round for me and the team and I know I need to push here for results in order to fight for the championship. We have lots of ideas for improvements and have been trying very hard as I know this is going to be a very tough round because there are lots of riders who are trying to be in the top six for the Showdown. We will be doing everything this weekend to get back on the podium again as I want to be winning again and I have to try and do that here. The most important thing for me is to be inside the top six for the Showdown.”
The opening race of the weekend will be the one carried over from Oulton Park and with the grid positions also carried over, team manager Havier Beltran knows Kiyonari will have his work cut out.
“This will be a crucial weekend for the HM Plant Honda team and it is going to be exciting for everyone having three races rather than two with the extra race that was postponed from Oulton Park. It is going to be key that we keep Kiyo inside the top six; although it won't be easy, particularly starting race one from the fifth row of the grid for the first race.”
Teammate Shane 'Shakey' Byrne secured his place in the showdown last time out at Brands Hatch but with podium credits about to come into play, the series leader is still fired up to do well at Cadwell Park.
“I am definitely looking forward to getting back out again on the HM Plant Honda Fireblade. We had a test last week but unfortunately it didn't go completely according to plan. We didn't have some new parts we had planned on testing and then the second evening it rained! That said though, we were able to get some laps around Cadwell Park on the first evening and it did give us some things to think about – oh and I did a 52-mile cycle ride to Skegness whilst I was there! This weekend is the team's home round so I am keen to do a good job for them there, as they have had in the past, and I want to be pulling in those Podium Credits. Then it's all about the Showdown!”