Ryuichi Kiyonari and Yuki Takahashi ready to tackle the Jerez round for the Moriwaki Althea Honda Team
The Moriwaki Althea Honda Team is preparing for the Spanish round of the WorldSBK season, set to take place at the Jerez circuit this weekend. The squad will field former 250cc/Moto2 rider and current All Japan Road Race JSB1000 rider Yuki Takahashi alongside Ryuichi Kiyonari, since Leon Camier is still recovering from the injury to his left shoulder, sustained during the Imola Superpole session.
The Brit is keen to be back on his bike as soon as possible but his recovery, although going well and precisely as expected for ligament damage, still requires a little more time.
The Japanese duo have already taken part in a two-day testing session at Misano last week, and despite some bad weather drastically reducing the available dry track time, they were still able to work on the set-up of their CBR1000RR bikes and gain more valuable experience in the saddle.
As usual, the race weekend will get underway with the first free practice session on Friday morning at 10:30 local time (CET).
“I have never ridden at Jerez, but on paper it looks like a good track, the final sector especially, and I always enjoy racing in Spain. We had two days of testing at Misano last week and although we had some bad weather, there was enough dry track time to allow us to complete some productive work that we don’t usually have time for during the race weekend, mainly regarding the balance and set-up of the bike. So, I’m ready to do my best. A new track is always a challenge of course, but I’m looking forward to getting started at Jerez.”
“First of all, I am very sorry about Leon’s injury, which wasn’t even his fault, and I wish him a speedy recovery. I’m also grateful and wish to thank the Moriwaki Althea Honda Team for giving me the chance to race for them at Jerez. I have raced several times at Jerez in the past [best result 3rd in 250cc in 2008 ed.] but last time I rode there was back in 2013, so it won’t be easy. Having said that, I like the track and I’ll try to provide the team with some useful feedback. I’ll try my best and will no doubt really enjoy the experience!”