Josh Brookes and Ryuichi Kiyonari maintained their strong run of form during the latest round of the British Superbike Championship at Cadwell Park as attention now turns to the impending shootout.
While both riders had already confirmed their place in the six-rider showdown prior to the event, Brookes and Kiyonari urged a strong pace on their Honda CBR1000RRs to claim podiums in both races.
Indeed, Brookes was able to post a victory in race two after being edged out by Tommy Hill during the opening encounter.
“It wasn't a bad first race for me and the HM Plant Honda team; I had a good start and knew Tommy was behind me,” he said. “He then came past me and then I tried to stay with him, but I just couldn't get it back. He was faster at Hall Bends and some of the other parts of the track but for race two we made the bike stiffer at both ends and the balance was good so I knew we had a good shot.
“I didn't get the perfect start and I was behind Kiyo and Tommy, but our pace was much faster than race one and I put a pass on both of them through the Hall Bends section and I knew Tommy would try and have a go back, but I thought we had the pace to hold him off and then the red flag came out. It feels good to win again as that was always the goal and now we focus on the Showdown.”
While disappointed not to win a race, Kiyonari was satisfied with his pair of third place finishes.
“That wasn't a bad first race for me; to finish on the podium was a good result after not getting a very good start,” said Kiyonari. “I had to get past a couple of riders and then this took time. Michael Rutter was difficult to pass and I got faster once I had clear track but the gap was too much to close to Josh and Tommy.
“I was disappointed that I couldn't get the win in the second race, but I am happy to have taken two podium finishes as it was important for the championship especially now as we get ready for the Showdown. We made some changes for race two and I was feeling more confident but it was another tough race.
“Josh and Tommy just had that little bit more speed in certain places, but I am happy to be joint championship leader and I want to come back out at Croft ready to win.”
With equalised points and podium credits taken into account, Brookes will begin the shootout on 524 points, while Kiyonari and Hill have 525 points.