The 2014 MCE British Superbike Championship (BSB) had an exciting but wet opening round over the weekend at Brands Hatch with Rock supported riders producing some fantastic results.
Qualifying finished with Ryuichi Kiyonari (Buildbase BMW) second with 55.796s, James Westmoreland (Buildbase BMW) fifth with 56.297s, seventh for Ben Wilson (Gearlink Kawasaki) with 56.936s and Michael Dunlop (Buildbase BMW) managing twelth with a respectable 57.789s.
The first race was restarted after James Hillier suffered engine problems putting oil onto the track. Ben Wilson (Gearlink Kawasaki) made his mark achieving a formidable fourth place finishing only 5.639s behind the race leader. 2014 is Gearlink Kawasaki's first entry into the BSB so it's an sensational beginning to the season for Wilson and the team.
James Westmoreland (Buildbase BMW) finished in 10th place, 7.735s back. An impressive finish considering his crash on the final (and very wet) practice session earlier in the weekend.
Ryuichi Kiyonari (Buildbase BMW) stalled his S1000RR on the starting line, so the restart gave him another chance to get back in the running. In the restarted race Kiyonari managed to gain 12 places achieving 16th position.
In race two Kiyonari achieved an impressive fourth place 3.694s behind the race leader, matching Buildbase BMW's best result in the BSB so far and cementing his place after a difficult season in 2013. James Westmoreland managed to gain three positions from race one to reach seventh in the race. Ben Wilson (Gearlink Kawasaki) was unable to capture the magic from race one dropping back to tenth position, although it's still a fantastic start so far for Ben and we're excited to see how he'll get on as the season progresses.
As always, we wish all Rock riders and teams the greatest success in the championship, we hope to see even stronger results at Oulton Park. A great start all round and a fantastic beginning to the 2014 BSB!