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BSB - HM Plant, Oulton Park Preview - September 7th 2005

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    With just three rounds remaining and both HM Plant Honda Racing riders among the only three realistic contenders for the title, the team is heading to Oulton Park with intentions of a double victory. However, both Michael Rutter and team-mate Ryuichi Kiyonari are aiming for the two race wins.

    Rutter approaches the Cheshire circuit with a two-point deficit from championship leader Gregorio Lavilla, while team-mate Ryuichi Kiyonari is just seven points further behind Rutter. With such a minor points difference, both HM Plant Honda Racing riders are focussing on claiming the title for the Japanese manufacturer.

    The 32-year-old Midlander has a greater knowledge and experience of the track than his rivals and he is hoping to use this to regain the advantage in the series. He also has the confidence that comes from winning a race and finishing second at the Cheshire track earlier this year for round four of the series.

    However, with ten race victories already secured this season, Kiyonari has proved that a lack of circuit knowledge is no guaranteed hindrance. The 22-year-old Japanese rider has only raced at Oulton Park once before, so he is determined to make the most of the free practice and qualifying sessions to perfect the set-up of the HM Plant Honda Racing CBR1000RR Fireblade.

    Michael Rutter: "I need to treat the rest of the season as a new season now because there is still everything left to play for. I must concentrate on making sure that I'm back up there in every race to regain the lead. We've made a few changes to the HM Plant Honda, so hopefully things should go better for me this weekend. I'm just hoping that the weather stays dry, but I'm sure I'm not alone on that count" Ryuichi Kiyonari: "I don't know Oulton Park very well, but I think it is a difficult circuit. Michael is strong there so it will be difficult to beat him, but I am going to try hard to win the races and the championship for HM Plant Honda Racing. This is the most difficult part of the season for me now because I like the last two tracks - Donington Park and Brands Hatch - that we are going to."