Rock supported rider Ryuichi Kiyonari pulled off two stunning podium finishes at Assen in both the wet and dry, closing the gap on the current championship leader from 27 points to just 12 in the overall championship standings. Two dramatic races in drastically different conditions saw Kiyo come third in the initial race. A nailbiting second race ended with Kiyonari only 0.12 seconds behind the race winner.
The Buildbase BMW Motorrad team also celebrated six points-winning finishes as all three riders scored in every race. With the standout result being young Superstock rider Lee Jackson celebrating a top-ten finish in the MCE British Superbike Championship aged just 19, followed by a 12th place finish. James Westmoreland continued his return to racing following a difficult hand injury, taking a top-ten finish and a 14th-place result.
The Dutch round of the British Superbike Championship has seen drastic changes to the Showdown scores, with Kiyo jumping from third to second and closing the gap on the current championship leader by 15 points. Josh Brookes suffered from two DNF results and has slipped down from second to third, and is now 39 points adrift of Kiyonari.
Ryuichi Kiyonari said: "In race two I tried so hard for the win, so I am disappointed we didn't beat Shakey. There was a lot of pressure especially in the beginning and I was too slow at the start of the race compared to the pace we had in free practice. Then at the end of the race my lap times were getting better and better.
“The last five laps I thought I will try a bit more and push even hard and then maybe we can have a win, but Shakey tried to pass me and I thought, 'oh no he is coming', so I tried harder and I made a mistake on the last lap. He passed me in the last chicane and there was nothing I could do. I want to win again at Silverstone now!"
Stuart Hicken, Team Owner, said: “It’s been a good weekend for the team. Firstly, all three riders finished in the points every race – which is always the aim. On top of that, Kiyo rode an absolutely phenomenal race in the wet after dominating practice and most of qualifying. He took two podium finishes despite missing out on the Showdown test here earlier in the month. And Lee Jackson took a top-ten finish at a circuit he’d never ridden at before in a class he doesn’t usually ride in. The Showdown is proving exciting already – and we’re closing in on first place.”
Lee Jackson said: “After arriving here on Friday, and getting some time back on the Superbike S 1000 RR, I started to feel at home. Despite trying out some new brakes, I managed to do a 1:39.2 lap and almost made it through to the Q2 session. When the rain hit before the first race it changed everything, but I got a good start and started picking off bikes when I caught up with them. When I managed to bring the bike home in 10th I was so happy – it was a great feeling.
Race two was dry and I managed to avoid the first lap mayhem, and then started working through the field. I finished 12th and I was overjoyed – I can’t thank my family, the team and everyone who made this weekend possible enough.”