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Kiyonari to join Gibernau at Telefonica Movistar Honda

Kiyonari to join Gibernau at Telefonica Movistar Honda

Kiyonari to join Gibernau at Telefonica Movistar Honda

Gresini Racing, HRC and Telefonica Movistar have announced that Japanese rider Ryuichi Kiyonari will be team-mate to Sete Gibernau for the rest of the season. Gibernau, who rode to pole position and took victory in the second round of the championship at Welkom two weeks ago, will be entrusted with the team´s `factory bike project´, whilst Kiyonari will take over the `satellite project´. Gibernau will begin his new role at Jerez this weekend, whilst Kiyonari will make his MotoGP debut at Le Mans in two weeks´ time.

Kiyonari is the reigning Japanese Supersport Champion and finished second at the recent World Supersport round at Sugo when racing as a wildcard. The 20 year old will travel to Jerez this weekend to meet his team and get a feel for the MotoGP paddock, and is set to ride the RC211V for the first time in a private test at this circuit on Monday.

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MotoGP, 2003, Gran Premio Marlboro de España

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