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Kiyonari joins Westmoreland at Buildbase BMW for 2014 MCE BSB

Monday, December 16 2013

Triple MCE Insurance British Superbike champion Ryuichi Kiyonari will return to the grid in 2014 as the Japanese rider switches to BMW power for the first time in his career as he joins the Buildbase-backed team alongside James Westmoreland.

Kiyonari remains one of the most successful riders in MCE BSB history, claiming three titles and 43 race wins, putting him second only to Shane Byrne in terms of race victories. The triple champion returned to the UK this season after lifting the Asian Championship in 2012 and is now gearing up for the new challenge after a long career with Honda.

Kiyonari said: "It is always a difficult situation to move teams but I am very excited about joining Buildbase BMW. I have been with Honda for a long time in my career so now this is a new and big challenge for me. I have never ridden a BMW before so it is all new but I know that the team and bike is very good and can get podiums. I am looking forward to testing now so that I can start to adapt to the BMW and be ready for the season."

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