|Ryuichi Kiyonari finds consistent pace in the wet to finish 11th in Race 1 at Donington.
Intermittent rain affected the second day of WorldSBK action at the Donington Park circuit, meaning that both the 11am Superpole qualifying session and the 2pm Race 1 were declared wet.
After setting the sixth fastest lap time in FP3, Ryuichi Kiyonari qualified in thirteenth place on a damp track.
As the race got underway, a less than perfect start saw the Japanese rider lapping in last place at the end of lap one. Positive sensations with his bike in the wet however, as well as good track knowledge, allowed “Kiyo” to make up many places over the course of the race, the rider ultimately crossing the line in eleventh position.
Tomorrow’s Superpole Race will kick off at 11am and will be followed by Race2 at 2pm.
“I think today was positive for us in terms of the work we were able to carry out on the bike’s setup and the information we were able to collect. Of course, it was also good to be able to make a good recovery after a poor start. The experience we gained in Superpole, the session taking place in part wet, part damp conditions, prompted us to try and make a change to the setup which proved to be a bit challenging to adapt to at the beginning of the race, but ultimately improved my feeling on the bike lap after lap. The fact that I know this track better than others on the calendar is helping me to get more reliable feedback from the bike”.