Rock supported rider Ryuichi Kiyonari celebrated his second double win of the 2014 MCE British Superbike Championship by achieving first place in both races at Donington Park last weekend. Buildbase BMW team have also announced this week that Kiyonari has re-signed with Hawk Racing for 2015, with the Japanese rider showing a stunning return to winning form onboard the BMW S 1000 RR this season and both parties are eager to continue it going forwards.
Race one saw the ‘War for Four’ reignited as two triple British Superbike Champions sparred on track, with Kiyonari and the current championship leader trading paint and places in an epic opening race. Then a two-rider crash at Goddards led to the safety car being deployed and the pack slowing down. Once normal racing had resumed, Kiyonari kept up shadowing the race leader's every move and on the twelfth lap he made his first attack by passing his rival on the brakes into the Foggy Esses.
Kiyonari was trying to break the rider's hold of the front of the pack but the Rapid Kawasaki rider was focused on regaining the advantage, which he did two laps later with a move at the Old Hairpin. Kiyonari once again took the lead, before it was stolen back but, undaunted, Kiyo forced his way to the front and a win at Schwantz.
In race two Kiyonari was pushing from the start and he hit the front of the pack after the triple champions clipped into Redgate beginning the first lap. The Buildbase BMW Motorrad rider kept his rivals behind him and despite continuing attacks throughout the race, the Japanese rider held the advantage and crossed the line to secure his double.
James Westmoreland delivered a respectable pair of top ten finishes, coming eighth and tenth, further cementing his comeback from a wrist injury.
Lee Jackson took a fourth place finish in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 race and guaranteed himself third place in the championship, whatever the outcomes of the next two races.
Ryuichi Kiyonari said: "I am really happy because to stay with the team and sign for next year already is very good for me. I wanted to stay with the team and BMW again in 2015 and now for the final rounds I don't have to be worrying about what I am doing next year as that makes it more difficult. For me at every race meeting I have hunger and want to keep winning and that is why I have stayed with this team.
"We have worked really hard together to win races and have podium finishes this year and we all try hard together. I am also very happy to have done the double here at Donington Park for the team, as it is their home track. I am very tired after the racing though!”
Stuart Hicken, Team Owner, said: "The whole team are over the moon that Kiyo wants to stay with us for next season and that is important for building on what we have already achieved this year. It is fantastic news for all of us as he has been a pleasure to work with since joining the team. And to top that off with a double win, and close down the Podium Credits gap – and to deny Shakey another win yet again – is just a fantastic feeling all round.”
The next round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship and the first race of the Showdown takes place at TT Circuit Assen on 19th to the 21st of September.