Ryuichi Kiyonari will continue in the British Superbike Championship next year after the announcement that he will partner James Westmoreland at Buildbase BMW. The four time champion moves from Honda with the Japanese manufacturer set to restrict its involvement to wildcard entries next year.
Kiyonari didn’t enjoy a successful return to BSB last year, despite reaching the championship showdown, and hopes a move to Buildbase BMW will signal a reversal in his fortunes.
“I am very excited to be racing with the Buildbase BMW Motorrad team next year. I have seen how competitive the BMW S 1000 RR is, and I think that we can make 2014 the year that it starts to rule the British Superbike Championship. Stuart Hicken and the team have been very welcoming and the atmosphere is hugely supportive and optimistic. We are all looking forward to our first test on the BMW S 1000 RR and the start of the 2014 series in March.”
After taking Westmoreland to the top six this year, team owner Stuart Hicken believes the signing of Kiyonari demonstrates their intent for an even stronger 2014.
“It’s an absolute joy to be able to announce that Kiyo is joining us for the 2014 season. He is one of the most successful BSB racers of all time, and he has a huge wealth of experience at every level of racing. Both Kiyo and the team will be pushing each other on to even more success in 2014”.