4. Kiyonari Definining Bike Control In The Wet

2008 SUPERBIKE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Another jaw-dropper when I first saw it, Ryuichi Kiyonari’s wet qualifying lap at the Donington Park round of World Superbike is a perfect display of bike control. Rarely during the lap will you see Kiyo’s wheels in a straight line. This is a relatively common sight to see at the end of a race when the tires are shagged, but to see someone this loose in the wet, on a qualifying lap, was truly mesmerizing. Kiyo’s career in World Superbike didn’t pan out as many had hoped, but he showed flashes of brilliance,  occasionally. None quite as bright as this performance in 2008.