Japanese rider Kiyonari, who scored an impressive victory at Mallory Park two weeks ago, will be looking for his third win of the season at the Norfolk venue where he is the current lap record holder. Kiyonari has recently returned from Japan, where he and fellow team mate Yuki Takahashi won the Suzuka 300km race for Honda, and will be eager to continue in his winning ways aboard his Michelin-shod Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade.
Team mate Karl Harris, who currently lies in fourth position in the ever-competitive British Championship, will also be eager to seek out his elusive first British Superbike victory. So far this season, the Sheffield-based rider has visited the BSB rostrum on three occasions but has yet to make it to the top step despite some inspired riding from 25-year-old.
Meanwhile a victorious John McGuinness is also keen to get back on track, albeit a shorter one, after his three record-breaking victories at the 37.73-mile Isle of Man TT course. The Morecambe-based rider won the Superbike, Supersport and the Senior TT races at the Festival and hopes that his winning ways remain with him as he lines up for a double-header programme of Superstock race action.
Ryuichi Kiyonari: “I enjoy racing at Snetterton and at the moment everything is going very well, so I will be looking for some more victories this weekend. It is a good, fast track and I’m confident that we will have some strong results this weekend.”
Karl Harris: “I am more determined than ever to get that win and there is no reason why we can’t do it this weekend. We tested here back in March, although it was really cold, but both Kiyo and I topped the timesheets and we will be aiming to do exactly the same this weekend.”
John McGuinness: “To be honest the TT hasn’t really sunk in yet; it was two glorious weeks and now I’m really fired up for Snetterton. Although I haven’t raced the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade in the National Superstock series since the end of April, I have the advantage of having plenty of time on it over the past two weeks. This weekend I will be looking for my first Superstock race win to go with my three TT victories.”
Qualifying for the British Superbike Championship takes place on Saturday 17 June at 14.45. Race One takes place at 13.15 on Sunday 18 June with race two at 15.45. Qualifying for rounds five and six of the National Superstock Championship takes place on Friday 16 and Saturday 17 June at 15.30 and 17.00 respectively. Rounds five and six take place on Sunday 18 June at 12.20 and 17.20 respectively.
Due to World Cup football coverage, ITV will broadcast British Superbikes on its free view channel Men and Motors on Sunday 18 June 15.00 – 16.30.