If rumours are to be believed, Ryuichi Kiyonari could well be making a switch to the MotoGP for 2013, in a bid to aid development of Honda’s new RC213V 1000c production racer.
HRC is hoping to sell off a number of the machines for the 2014 season at a cost of £800,000, as a viable and competition-worthy alternative to the current CRT bikes on offer; as a result, Kiyonari is being lined up as a replacement for Michele Pirro, who is joining Ducati as the team’s GP13 test rider. The three-time British Superbike champion could well be the best choice to test the bike from the middle of 2013. Livio Suppo, HRC boss, said;
‘It’s an option. At the moment, the final decision hasn’t been taken on whether we go ahead with the production of the RC213V project. If it did then it’s perhaps better to have a Japanese rider developing something like this for the communication with the engineers. Kiyonari is definitely an option.’