In perfectly sunny conditions on this opening day of the WorldSBK US Round, Ryuichi Kiyonari headed out to ride the 3610 metres of the legendary WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca track for the first time ever.

The Japanese rider enjoyed the challenging Californian track and spent the two free practice sessions getting to grips with the layout and beginning the bike set-up work together with his crew.

Kiyonari positioned fifteenth in FP1 but dropped to 18th overall by the end of day. Tomorrow’s final free practice will start at 9am ahead of the Tissot Superpole at 11am and Race 1 at 2pm.

Ryuichi Kiyonari

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This track is amazing. Fast, challenging, with some up-and-downs and cambered corners. It has a very unique character. Some turns are fairly easy to learn, others just take your breath away and take more time to adapt to. The team has done a good job with the set-up and the suspension setting of the bike, preparing it for this track, and my feeling this morning was generally pretty good. In the afternoon we did not make a big enough step forward though. We need to keep working and in particular we need to try and find more grip, because the asphalt here is quite slippery.

Moriwaki Althea Honda Team
Geico US Round

Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca, United States

WorldSBK 2019, Round 9

Friday 12 Jul 2019, 23:25 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Chaz Davies 7 GBR Aruba.it Racing Ducati 1'23.387
2 Jonathan Rea 1 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +0.032
3 Alvaro Bautista 19 SPA Aruba.it Racing Ducati +0.263
4 Tom Sykes 66 GBR BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW +0.410
5 Leon Haslam 91 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +0.465
6 Loris Baz 76 FRA Ten Kate Racing Yamaha +0.538
7 Toprak Razgatlioglu 54 TUR Turkish Puccetti Racing Kawasaki +0.556
8 Alex Lowes 22 GBR Pata Yamaha Yamaha +0.825
9 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL Pata Yamaha Yamaha +0.860
10 Jordi Torres 81 SPA Team Pedercini Kawasaki +0.952
11 Sandro Cortese 11 GER GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha +1.018
12 Marco Melandri 33 ITA GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha +1.177
13 Leandro Mercado 36 ARG Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki +1.344
14 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR Team Go Eleven Ducati +1.552
15 J.D. Beach 95 USA Attack Performance Estenson Yamaha +1.586
16 Markus Reiterberger 28 GER BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW +1.613
17 Michael Rinaldi 21 ITA BARNI Racing Team Ducati +2.114
18 Ryuichi Kiyonari 23 JPN Moriwaki Althea Honda Team Honda +2.471
19 Alessandro Delbianco 52 ITA Althea Mie Racing Team Honda +2.596