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photoblog image British Superbikes - Donnington Park 4/5

British Superbikes - Donnington Park 4/5

RYUICHI KIYONARI - SAMSUNG HONDA

Ryuichi Kiyonari (born September 23, 1982, in Saitama, Japan) is a professional motorcycle road racer and is the 2006, 2007 and 2010 British Superbike Champion. He also won the 2008 Suzuka 8-Hour race, teamed with his former World Superbike Championship team-mate Carlos Checa. He has a reputation for being at his best when leading races from the front. Ryuichi has also raced in the World MotoGP and Asian Road Racing Championships, winning the latter in 2012. His first race in the British Superbike Championship was at Silverstone in 2004 and to date he has had 43 wins and 10 pole positions.  5th.in Championship as of last Monday.

Taken at the official British Superbike Championship test day at Donnington Park circuit on 14th.March, 2013. (This has been my favourite sport since 1961)

British Superbikes - Donnington Park 4/5

RYUICHI KIYONARI - SAMSUNG HONDA

Ryuichi Kiyonari (born September 23, 1982, in Saitama, Japan) is a professional motorcycle road racer and is the 2006, 2007 and 2010 British Superbike Champion. He also won the 2008 Suzuka 8-Hour race, teamed with his former World Superbike Championship team-mate Carlos Checa. He has a reputation for being at his best when leading races from the front. Ryuichi has also raced in the World MotoGP and Asian Road Racing Championships, winning the latter in 2012. His first race in the British Superbike Championship was at Silverstone in 2004 and to date he has had 43 wins and 10 pole positions.  5th.in Championship as of last Monday.

Taken at the official British Superbike Championship test day at Donnington Park circuit on 14th.March, 2013. (This has been my favourite sport since 1961)

comments (21)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 29 Aug 2013, 00:49
Nice...with him leaning in to you, Brian.
Brian Walbey: Yes I changed position along the trackside to get a better angle.
  • Frances
  • United States
  • 29 Aug 2013, 01:11
Brilliant shot Brian! These bikes look so uncomfortable to ride but it seems Ryuichi has it down pat. smile
Brian Walbey: I suspect in the heat of battle and at the speeds they do whether or not the seat is a bit hard etc.slips to the back of their thoughts. The layout of the seat, controls and footrests etc.are tailored to each individual rider just like the seating for drivers in racing cars.
another terrific shot. the blues dominate
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ayush, it does look good to have the riders leathers the same colour as the bike doesn't it.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 29 Aug 2013, 06:55
I can see why this is your favourite sport Brian
Brian Walbey: Nothing involving the use of a ball and/or bat can come close to it as far as I'm concerned Chris, although I've never actually wanted to do it myself, but for 15 years in the 60's to the 80's I used to commentate at race meetings, mainly Snetterton in Norfolk.
Great shotsmile Greetings
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much.
Excellent - you have been panning perrfectly!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Elizabeth, it took a while to get back in to the swing of panning, I've not done it for a while. I won't, of course, be posting the shots that never came off!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 29 Aug 2013, 07:23
a fine action photo - this is a new side of your person I didn't know before -and did Maureen accompany you as "Auspuffmieze" (German odd phrase) on such a superbike?
Brian Walbey: Thanks Philine. I have been a motorcycle racing enthusiast since 1961, I have very little interest in sports involving the use of balls and/or bats, and from 1968 until 1982 used to regularly commentate at race meetings. I've only ever had small engined motorcycles and ended up with a small scooter as a runabout that I sold a few years ago, but Maureen wouldn't even sit on the back let alone come up the road with me! (BTW if you get time you might enjoy the church I posted last week.)
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 29 Aug 2013, 07:39
Great shot, love the blue in it.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Astrid. It looks good with the riders clothing matching the bike, more of a team effort.
  • Chad (Ridge)
  • Where latitude and attitude meet
  • 29 Aug 2013, 08:38
I once had a Susuki 50cc Brian.
Brian Walbey: I ended up with a small 50cc.Piaggio scooter I sold a couple of years ago, but before that I only ever had small bikes, the largest being 200cc., and I've never even bothered to take my test!
I like the blue
Nice,Brian,I'm more of a car fan,but you have to admire these guys.
Brian Walbey: I do enjoy car racing Frank, but these guys are changing positions several times each lap usually, as against F1 when it's either in the pits or on the odd occasion after Mr.Vettel has sprinted away in the lead.
Reminds me of Mike Hailwood's position on his bikes keeping his knees on the tank!
Lovely capture Brian.
Brian Walbey: Indeed Richard, I saw Hailwood loads of times and he was always very neat, as was my favourite rider Phil Read, who's now into his 70's and still rides just as tidily when he takes parts in parades. These days it's knees and bodies hanging off, and even waving legs in the wind to aid braking??? apparently.
Such skill and balance required. Another great shot, Brian. I think you're surprised by the interest of women for these shots.
Brian Walbey: Indeed these guys have that bit extra from somewhere that makes them superior to normal motorcyclists. I am surprised, and pleased, just how much you ladies seem to eb enjoying this short series, just one more to go.
  • Linda
  • United Kingdom
  • 29 Aug 2013, 12:25
It sounds like you enjoy your racing Brian, great shot of this mean machine smile
Brian Walbey: I used to spend a lot of time at the races until I met Maureen although she quite enjoyed going as well, then children!!! I only go occasionally nowadays.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 29 Aug 2013, 12:38
A very good impression of speed. I like how he is colour-co-ordinated with the wall behind.
Brian Walbey: Indeed his clothing and the bike all match the wall, which no doubt he hopes to stay clear of smile
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 29 Aug 2013, 12:38
Does Maureen share your interest, by the way?
Brian Walbey: Before the children she came with me a lot, even to the Isle of Man races several times, and you won't be aware but from 1968 until 1982 I done a lot of commentating at all sorts of types of motorcycle sport but mainly circuit racing. When the children came along I cut back quite a lot and slowly gave up going but still enjoyed the sport on T.V.and now go only on very rare occasions.
You positioned yourself perfectly for this fabulous shot, Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Beverly this angle allowed me to show the rider leaning the machine over on this shallow bend.
  • Richard T
  • Suffolk ... Where the sun rises first in England
  • 29 Aug 2013, 16:10
you're good at this Brian
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Richard, I won't tell you how many didn't come out all that well, this is a subject with a big failure rate.
Another cracker Brian. I like watching the sidecar races, mainly because they are clearly totally insane
Brian Walbey: Thanks Bill. The modern sidecar outfits are more like Formula 3 cars with one wheel missing and the passengers don't have to work like they did on the older machines before the 70's.
That is a terrific action shot.
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Michael.
Good series Brian
Brian Walbey: Thanks John just one more to come on Friday.

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