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HM Plant Hondas seek home advantage - August 23rd 2005

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    HM Plant Honda Racing's Michael Rutter and Ryuichi Kiyonari are planning to use the home advantage of the team's local circuit to strike back at their rivals in the 2005 Bennetts British Superbike Championship. With competition at the top of the series standings increasing and the pressure mounting on the dominant duo, Cadwell Park is set for an exciting showdown for round ten.

    The last event at Silverstone saw Kiyo slash his team-mate's advantage from 45 points to just 26. Gregorio Lavilla also picked up 45 points for finishing first and second, and is now only four points down on Kiyonari in third. With only four rounds remaining, the Midlander is determined to reassert his authority on the championship at the 2.18-mile track and pull out a more significant gap over the Japanese HM Plant Honda Racing contender.

    Although frustrated at his misfortune of crashing out of second place in the first race at the Northamptonshire circuit, the 32-year-old Midlander picked himself up quickly to finish fourth in race two and is in a positive frame of mind ahead of the Bank Holiday Monday races. Racing at the Lincolnshire track is always close, but Rutter is a proven Cadwell Park frontrunner as he showed at last year's corresponding event when he won the first Superbike race for HM Plant Honda Racing.

    Kiyonari made an error of judgement in the first race at Silverstone, but miraculously remounted and charged back from dead last to take eighth position at the chequered flag. The 22-year-old bounced back from this disappointment to record his tenth victory of the season, despite increasing pressure from Lavilla.

    Practice and qualifying sessions will be vital in optimising the set-up of the factory Fireblades to suit the track. The pair missed the recent official MCRCB test at the circuit, but they are confident that they can achieve this and eradicate any advantage that their rivals may have built up by race day."

    Michael Rutter: "Silverstone was not a good event for me and I was frustrated at the outcome. It was nobody's fault, but I just keep losing the front end - it happened in practice as well. We're working hard to find a front tyre that I feel more comfortable with at Cadwell Park.

    "I'm looking forward to Cadwell because it is like another chance for me so soon after last weekend. It's not particularly one of my favourite tracks, but I always seem to go well there. I like Silverstone, but things went wrong, so hopefully there'll be a reversal of fortunes on Bank Holiday Monday for me."

    Ryuichi Kiyonari: "I am looking forward to racing at Cadwell Park. I don't have to travel far to the circuit and can stay at home, which makes it easier for me to relax ahead of the races. Silverstone was quite good for me in the end, but I cannot afford to make anymore mistakes now. Last year I felt good on the HM Plant Honda at Cadwell when I finished second behind Michael and I now consider it to be my favourite event."