Kiyonari: I won't make the same mistakes

Japan's BSB hero is back with a vengeance ahead of the season's first race this coming weekend

RIYUICHI KIYONARI admits to pre-season nerves, but says he will learn from mistakes he made during his unsuccessful 2011 season on his return to British Superbikes. 

This season he will go head-to-head with Shane 'Shakey' Byrne to compete for an unprecedented fourth title, in the much vaunted 'War of the Four'. 

He said: 'Before the start for a season we usually put in a lot of testing time, but this year, because of the weather, we've done very little,

'We got some good laps in at Cadwell Park, but at other tests we haven't been able to do much at all. But, it's not a problem; I'm feeling ready for the first round at Brands Hatch. I'm feeling nervous, but I think everybody is the same,

'Coming back to the British Superbike Championship, I have the same team and the same mechanics, but I don't want to make the same mistakes I did in 2011.'

'So for me, I'm looking at 2013 as a new challenge. ?'

In addition to stiff competition from his main rival Byrne, who recently expressed his confidence heading into the new season, Kiyonari can expect to see strong work from Tyco Suzuki's Josh Brookes (the Australian finished second last year), who tested impressively over the winter period, and Samsung Honda's Alex Lowes (who finished fourth last season) - he expects to be on the pace from the opening race. 

He said: 'I feel really happy with the bike and the team,

'I'm looking forward to the first race of the season. To be honest, you can test as much as you want but racing is racing and I'm already feeling quick. 

'I've already been doing good times so I'm pretty sure I'll be on the pace.'

The 2013 BSB season begins on the 5th of April at Brands Hatch - with a number of quality riders vying for top spot, who do you think is the one to watch this season?

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