Three-time British Superbike Champion Ryuichi Kiyonari will line-up alongside Leon Camier in the new HRC-backed, Moriwaki-run Honda WorldSBK team next year, it was announced at the Milan Show.
The Japanese rider, who last contested WorldSBK back in 2009 when he finished 11th, was preferred over current talent like Eugene Laverty, Marco Melandri and a host of other fast guys who are now in the wilderness.
“First I am a bit surprised as are HRC coming back to Superbike, and I am surprised HRC called me. It’s been 10 years since I have ridden in SBK, I am very happy to join this big project," said Kiyo.
"I have two years of experience in WorldSBK - in 2008 and 2009 and it’s very competitive. It’s not easy to finish in the top six, but we have a good bike and a good team, if I can do a good job I hope I can get good results. We have a good bike, the team will be good and I hope I can do a good job and achieve good results.”