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Motorsport: Ryuichi Kiyonari targets success for Buildbase Motorrad team

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: September 04, 2014

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RYUICHI Kiyonari and the Ashby-based Buildbase BMW Motorrad team are targeting a perfect ten at Donington Park this weekend to close the gap on Shakey Byrne and Josh Brookes in the final pre-Showdown round of the British Superbike Championship.

Kiyo is third in the rankings and third in the crucial podium credits, which will come into effect for the final three rounds following Donington.

The Showdown, a thrilling finale to the BSB season, sees the top six riders' points reset at 500, plus an additional podium credits bonus of five points for each race win, three for a second and a point for a third.

From then, points will be added normally for the final races and one of the six riders will win the 2014 championship title.

Three-time champion Kiyonari's hopes of another double win at Cadwell Park were dashed by an unlucky electrical failure, which forced him to retire while leading the first race.

However, Kiyonari is unfazed and is ready to bounce back at Donington Park, where he wants more wins and more podium credits.

Kiyonari said: "Cadwell Park was disappointing for me and the team because it had been very positive in free practice and qualifying, although I thought I could have gone faster in Q3.

"My race pace was good because we had done some long runs during the first two days, so I knew I could fight with Shakey, Josh, and Tommy.

"I now look at Donington Park as a second home round – mine was Cadwell Park and now this weekend it is the team's local circuit.

"We have lots of positives from the last races and I think that some of this will transfer to this weekend.

"We are improving all the time and this should be a good track for me.

"I was a little bit sore at the start of the week, but now I want to get to Donington Park and be fighting for the wins again – nothing else!"

Yorkshire rider James Westmoreland, back racing after a three-round absence caused by a fractured thumb, is keen to push the pace further and challenge for a BSB podium this season.

Last year at Donington, Westmoreland secured BMW Motorrad's first ever BSB pole position, etching his name into the German manufacturer's history books.

Lee Jackson is currently third in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship and recently celebrated his first-ever win in the series on his BMW HP4.

Recent podium finishes – including a third place at the British round of MotoGP where the Superstock series was a support race – have brought Jackson to within 22 points of the second-placed Jason O'Halloran.

With three races left this season, the young Lincolnshire rider could yet overhaul him in the standings.

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