HM Plant 100% BSB Record - April 28th 2005
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The HM Plant Honda Racing team heads to Oulton Park with the daunting
task of maintaining its 100 per cent victory record in the British
Superbike Championship. Having secured six wins from six starts -four
for Ryuichi Kiyonari and two for Michael Rutter, aboard the HRC-prepared
CBR1000RR Fireblades, the aim is to add a further two race wins to the
team's tally this weekend.
Michael Rutter is facing the Cheshire circuit with renewed confidence
following a double victory at his home track of Mallory Park for round
three of the world's leading domestic series. The 31-year-old HM Plant
Honda Racing rider is keen to maintain - and extend - his lead at the
top of the championship standings.
His Japanese team-mate Kiyonari unfortunately missed out on both legs of
the championship at the Leicestershire circuit after an early highside
in race one. However, the 21-year-old is planning to race at Oulton
Park, despite some pain in his right ankle - the result of a chipped
bone sustained in last weekend's accident.
Michael Rutter: "I'm really revved up for Oulton Park. The HM Plant
Honda Racing team as a whole has had a fantastic season so far and we're
aiming to ensure that continues. I've made no secret of my desire to
secure the title this year and I know I'm going to have to work really
hard to cement my lead over the next ten rounds - particularly with Kiyo
as a team mate!"
Ryuichi Kiyonari: "I'm feeling a little beaten up at the moment. My
ankle is sore and my left ankle is also still hurting from [an accident
at] Thruxton, but I hope that won't stop me from challenging for more
race wins. I hurt my collarbone at Oulton Park last year, so I'm hoping
for a bit more luck there this season."