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 23

18th 1'25.858

“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”.

WorldSBK 2019
Free Practice Round 9   United States

Free Practice

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

WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca  Operated by SCRAMP (Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula) 1021 Monterey-Salinas Hwy – Salinas, CA 93908 USA Raceway Laguna Seca

LENGTH 3.610 Km


Pole Record 1'21.811 (161,05 Km/h) T.Sykes (Kawasaki ZX-10R, 2014)
Race Record 1'22.700 (159,32 Km/h) J.Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2019)
All Time Record 1'21.811 (161,05 Km/h) T.Sykes (Kawasaki ZX-10R, 2014)
2019 Race 1 Winner J.Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR)
2019 Superpole Race Winner J.Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR)
2019 Race 2 Winner C. Davies (Ducati Panigale V4 R)