HM Plant Honda duo Ryuichi Kiyonari and Josh Brooke gave the team reason to cheer in its home round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship with a double win at Cadwell Park.
Kiyonari had never won at the Lincolnshire circuit – the only circuit in BSB where he hadn't previously taken to the top step of the podium – but a fine start from the second row of the grid saw him jump into the lead in race one.
Despite a scare when he ran wide onto the grass over the Mountain and lost the lead to Michael Laverty, although the Japanese rider managed to reclaim the lead for a maiden Cadwell win.
"For me, very special, the team's home track, my home track, I live nearby," he said. "I try many times for this - in earlier years, the team have private tests, help me a lot, but no wins, till this one. The race was very hard, very hot and this is the perfect week for me - my baby Koma was born six days ago, now I win the race for him and my wife Madoka.
"I kept my pace, but then made little mistake after the Mountain, run wide, touch grass, rear end goes wide, nearly high-side, but hold on though Laverty comes past me. Then I pass him and take victory, my first here after many times trying - very, very happy."
Unfortunately for Kiyonardi, technical issues on the way to the grid forced him to miss race two which allowed team-mate Brookes to come to the fore after a disastrous start – when he missed a gear and plummeted down the order – saw him only manage fifth in race one.
A fine ride saw him quickly move to the head of the field and once in front, he was never troubled as the Australian picked up victory on his Cadwell debut.
"I made a good start and made passes while the tyres were still fresh - I was good and smooth which you have to be around here," he said. "If I am not on the top spot of the podium, then I get a bit annoyed but that is the racer in me. It was only me that made a mistake in the first race but the win goes some way to making up for that."