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Kiyonari signs for Telefonica MoviStar Honda

Kiyonari signs for Telefonica MoviStar Honda

Kiyonari signs for Telefonica MoviStar Honda

Team Telefonica MoviStar Honda today officially completed the signature of Ryuichi Kiyonari for the remainder of the 2003 season, with an option for another year in 2004. The 20 year old from Saitama, Japan, will make his debut appearance at the upcoming Grand Prix Polini de France on the 25th May. Previously, Kiyonari raced in the ST600 Class of the 2002 All Japan Road Race series, winning four of the eight races he entered and taking the championship in his debut year. The youngster gained international recognition with second place in the World Supersport round at Sugo last month, despite having never ridden there before.

`He is a young and talented rider and we´ve got lots of time to build up a strong relationship,´ said Team Manager Fausto Gresini. `With more experience he should be one of MotoGP´s top riders.´

Kiyonari, who hopes to test the RC211V before riding at Le Mans on Friday, added: `When I found out that it was decided I´d be joining the MotoGP team, it was really sudden. I was both surprised and really happy... to be perfectly honest, what I´m feeling right now is more a kind of impatience to get going rather than nervousness. First I have to get used to the new situation, then I hope to keep on riding as I have been.´

MotoGP, 2003

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