Three-time British Superbike Champion Ryuichi Kiyonari has waved goodbye to HM Plant Honda, the team with which he took his titles, and will more than likely not race in the series for the foreseeable future.
The Japanese rider has had a poor season with personal issues adding to problems he had with the new ride-by-wire system that was forced upon the Louth-based squad due to rule changes by the FIM just before season start.
I am disappointed that I couldn’t have a better result to end the season. We have worked hard and I need to thank the HM Plant Honda team for their support to try and help me improve over this year," said Kiyonari.
Team boss Havier Beltran added: "It has been a difficult season for Kiyo; with him the HM Plant Honda team has won three BSB titles and scored 43 race wins which makes him the most successful rider in BSB history. We want to thank Kiyo for the successes we have celebrated together over the years.
"He will always be part of the Honda family and we wish him all the best for the future, in whatever he decides to do, as he will not be returning to the HM Plant Honda team in 2012."