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Motorsport: Buildbase team on the crest of a British Superbike Championship wave

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 05, 2014

IN THE POINTS ... Ryuichi Kiyonari took two podium places aboard his Buildbase BMW at Thruxton.

IN THE POINTS ... Ryuichi Kiyonari took two podium places aboard his Buildbase BMW at Thruxton.

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THE Buildbase BMW Motorrad team were celebrating at Thruxton with their first Superstock 1000 win of the year courtesy of Lee Jackson, alongside two podium finishes in the British Superbike Championship from Ryuichi Kiyonari.

Jackson had a tough weekend for the Ashby-based team, racing in both the Superstock 1000 and British Superbike races, as he fills in for James Westmoreland.

The young rider earned a front-row start in Superstock 1000 qualifying, set an outstanding lap record during the race and took his first-ever victory in the hotly-contested class, finishing ahead of championship leader Danny Buchan and Jason O'Halloran.

Kiyonari consolidated his position in the Showdown spots and moved up to third in the BSB Championship standings with two third-place finishes at the Hampshire circuit.

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Race one saw Kiyo start on the fourth row after his decision to qualify on a standard tyre rather than a super-sticky qualifying tyre, which left him 11th on the grid.

He fought his way through the pack to take his third podium in three race weekends.

A second identical finish followed in the red-flagged and re-run short 15-lap race two, in which Kiyo started fourth and finished third.

As the chequered flag fell, Kiyonari was right on the back wheel of championship leader Shane Byrne and closing on both him and eventual double race winner Josh Brookes, with a mere 0.4 seconds separating the three as they flashed across the line. Kiyonari also set the fastest lap the race.

Jackson took his first ever points-scoring finish in BSB race one with a remarkable 15th place and was on track for an even more impressive finish in race two before crashing out uninjured.

Jackson said: "The Superstock race was quite exciting. I made a few good passes early on and followed Jason O'Halloran to the front.

"The rear was spinning up a bit at the end, but I managed that move on the last corner and took the win.

"The BSB races were a bit of a mixed bag. Race one was good and I wanted to improve on that, but I came off when I was running well.

"I don't really know what happened in that crash, it just got unsettled and the front washed out on me."

Kiyonari said: "That was tough. I tried so hard to pass Shakey in race two. I almost did it but his braking was a bit stronger and he really wanted to finish in front of me.

"I had many chances but I just wasn't strong enough or in some places brave enough."

Team owner Stuart Hicken said: "Once again, I couldn't have asked for more from my riders or my team.

"Lee was phenomenal in both classes and gave us our first Superstock race win of the year and what a race it was. "Kiyonari was on form, he proved just how fast he can be when he's happy – and with perhaps two more laps extra on that last race, I don't think anyone would deny that he'd likely have been on the top step."

The team will be returning to race at Oulton Park next weekend which is a triple-header race, with one on Saturday and two on Sunday.

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