Kiyonari at Oulton Park
Rock supported and Buildbase BMW Motorrad rider Ryuichi Kiyonari has shown once again that he is back to his winning ways by dominating the seventh round of British Superbikes at Oulton Park after he took two victories and a fourth place. Kiyo’s personal tally of wins is now 11 at the circuit and 47 in total.
Proving that he is equally formidable in the dry and wet, Kiyo stormed to a win in the opening race on his BMW S 1000 RR, starting from tenth on the grid and battling through to first place.
The second of the three races was very wet as the remnants of Hurricane Bertha battered the UK with heavy rain. As the track continued to dry, the majority of the leading contenders opted for slick tyres for the race. Even in the damp conditions a decisive move by Kiyonari on lap eight meant that he sliced past the race leader at Hizzys claiming the lead. Despite the other rider's best efforts, the three-time champion was beyond their reach and he crossed the line in front, once again repeating the same podium positions from Saturday. Lee Jackson, doubling up on riding duties in Superstock 1000 and BSB, finished 16th on James Westmoreland’s Superbike.
The third and final race of the weekend was run in changing conditions, with the track drying but still damp in places, offering riders a challenge in tyre choice and riding tactics. Once again, most chose to run on front slicks. Kiyonari rode hard throughout but didn’t achieve his ideal result of three wins, instead taking fourth place after a thrilling battle. Lee Jackson once again finished 16th, narrowly missing out on a second points-scoring finish this weekend.
Ryuichi Kiyonari said: "I was very happy to take two wins. I have always been good at Oulton Park and to win twice makes me very pleased. Saturday’s race was very hot and very hard going, but today it was difficult and wet conditions are not my favourite. Yesterday I was thinking about the weather reports and I thought ‘if it is raining hard, maybe I just go home!’ but I did my best and I took another win.”
Stuart Hicken, Team Owner, said: “Two fantastic wins for Kiyonari, you couldn’t really ask for more than that, could you. It was a huge turnaround from crashing in Q2 and having to rebuild the superbike, to a double victory. Kiyo is happy, and everyone has recognised what we knew from the start – that the BMW S 1000 RR is a race-winning superbike. We’ve proven that at the Isle of Man TT and now in BSB too.
"Kiyo is in third place in the Championship and is odds-on to be in the Showdown for the last three rounds, which is when it’ll really get interesting. Lee Jackson has impressed everyone once again by riding in two series and filling in admirably for James Westmoreland. Westy is also recovering well and will be back in action at Cadwell Park at the end of the month where we’ll be back up to full strength.”
The next round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship takes place at Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire over the August Bank Holiday of 23rd to the 25th of August.
First appeared on Rock Oil on 12th August 2014
Kiyonari beats the weather and the opposition to dominate at Oulton Park