Ryuichi Kiyonari returns to Louth-based BSB Honda team
THREE-time British Superbike champion Ryuichi Kiyonari is "fired up for the challenge" on his return to Samsung Honda.
The most successful rider in BSB history won titles with the Louth-based team – then called HM Plant Honda – in 2006, 2007 and 2010.
Kiyonari is tied on overall championships with reigning BSB champion Shane Byrne, and the two rivals are set for a titanic battle when the 2013 season begins at Brands Hatch in April.
And after taking a year out from the championship to win the Asia Road Racing crown, the Japanese speedster is raring to go.
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King Kiyo said: "I am so happy to be returning to the team and to this championship. I have had great success in this series and am keen to repeat this once again.
"I really love the British fans and feel at home here. They love their racing in the UK and really get behind the riders.
"I have been away for a year and have had time to think about a lot of things.
"I kept coming back to the idea that I wanted to race in the UK again and am really fired up for the challenge and about the prospect of a fourth championship title."
The 30-year-old will be joined in the Samsung Honda team by young racer Alex Lowes – brother of Lincoln's World Supersport star, Sam.
Lowes landed four podiums and a double race win at Silverstone during the 2012 championship and will join Kiyonari on a legendary CBR1000RR Fireblade bike.
"I am absolutely delighted to be joining the official Honda team for the 2013 season," added Lowes. "They are well established and the most successful team in the BSB paddock.
"I really do believe that in this team I will have the package to help me further develop as a rider and to fight for podiums, race wins and also for the championship.
"I know the Fireblade well, having ridden it in BSB this season and also in World Superbikes in 2011, and I feel like it is my bike. It's my time to shine and can't wait to get started."
In addition, the Samsung Honda team is also returning to the British Supersport Championship for 2013.
The CBR600RR bike will be piloted by Jason O'Halloran, who has experience riding Honda machinery in British Superbikes and the Endurance World Championship.
He was also runner up in the British Superstock 1000 championship in 2012 for the team.