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Old 11-30-2015, 07:40 AM   #1
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Bridewell and Kiyonari join Bennetts Suzuki

Bridewell is reunited with Halsall Kiyonari jumps ship to Suzuki

TOMMY Bridewell and Ryuichi Kiyonari are to team up ready for the 2016 British Superbike season as they join the Bennetts Suzuki team.

Bridewell is to make his return to Suzuki, with whom he made his British Superbike Championship debut with in 2007, after reuniting with team owner Martin Halsall.

The 27-year-old made an appearance for the Hasall Racing team during the 2013 season and claimed their first podium finish at Cadwell Park before Bridewell moved to Milwaukee Yamaha and then onto Tyco BMW.

'To be honest I am genuinely feeling really refreshed about next season and motivated to get the season started,' explained Bridewell.

'I really haven't been this excited about the start of a championship for a long time and when I rode for Martin's team before we had some real success and that was when they were relatively new to the series so they have the same ambition to succeed and I think they have the pedigree to achieve it.

'I have joined this team because I feel like they give me the most excitement and they are really motivated for the new season. I didn't have the best time last season and I am looking forward to putting 2015 behind me and I am chomping at the bit to get started on 2016!'

Joining Bridewell is triple British Superbike Champion Ryuichi Kiyonari as he makes the move to the Bennetts Suzuki team. As one of the most popular and most successful BSB riders of all time, King Kiyo is back and has already had chance to experience Suzuki machinery after finishing on the podium for the team at the prestigious Suzuka Eight Hour event.

Three-time MCE Insurance British Superbike champion Ryuichi Kiyonari will make a dramatic move to the Bennetts Suzuki team for the 2016 season as the Japanese ace bids to add to his incredible tally of 50 race wins and challenge for a fourth title.

Kiyonari said: 'This is a new challenge for me - a new team, a different bike and I think this is what I needed for next year. I have spoken a lot with Martin [Halsall] and some of the team members and I am really excited for the first test, the first event and the first race.

'I have only raced a Suzuki at the Eight Hour and it was a good bike, so I am excited about our first test. The Suzuki is a really good package and the bike has similar characteristics to what I have raced with other manufactures in the past. I know it won't be easy because it never is, but the team is strong and we want to be on the podium and win races.

'I am training really hard here [in Japan] and when you have a bad year like last season it makes me more determined to change it. I want to come back and fight again. I think this change will help me to do that so I need to thank Martin and the team. Racing is my life and I am really happy to stay in BSB next season.'

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