Bad weekend for Brookes and Kiyonari

HM Plant Honda came into the first of the three 2010 British Superbike Showdown events with Ryuichi Kiyonari and Josh Brookes joint first and second respectively, after Main Season points had been equalised and podium credits added.

Alongside Tommy Hill, the pair were firm title favourites, but a poor weekend at Croft means they have dropped to third and fourth in the standings. Both are over one race win behind Hill with another Suzuki rider, Michael Laverty, ahead of them in second.

Former double champion Kiyonari had been on the back-foot after taking a tumble on his out-lap in the third and final element of the grid deciding “Roll for Pole”.

Although uninjured, he was unable to take any further part, and that left him with a third row starting slot for the opening race while Brookes, who was also struggling, the bumpy nature of the circuit making it difficult to dial his bike in, was back on the fourth row.

They both had uphill struggles with Kiyonari compounding things by making a poor start to the opener, which left him back in 22nd place on the first lap and he could only reach eleventh by the flag. Brookes came through to sixth place.

Race two then saw Kiyonari take an improved fourth place, but Brookes was only eighth.

With five races (two at Silverstone then three at Oulton Park) to go, Kiyonari is 27 points from title leader Hill in third, with Brookes one point behind his Japanese team-mate.

“I am disappointed for sure as I wanted to win and I haven't finished on the podium. I put pressure on myself after qualifying as I had that crash which meant I was on the third row and it isn't always easy to pass around here," said Kiyonari.

"We didn't make many changes between the races, just minor adjustments but we have made progress from practice to the race it is just disappointing it wasn't enough. I think that maybe I was tense for the first race and made some mistakes, but the second one was better and I had to fight hard for the positions.

"I am not worried about Silverstone as I think now that we can go back and aim for wins as we need them for the championship with only five races remaining," he added.

For Brookes the weekend had been a struggle from start to finish.

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Ryuichi Kiyonari - HM Plant Honda [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Joshua Brookes - HM Plant Honda [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Joshua Brookes, Ryuichi Kiyonari - HM Plant Honda [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Jason O`Halloran, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Luke Mossey, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Peter Hickman, Smiths BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Tommy Bridewell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Bradley Ray, Buildbase Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Sylvain Guintoli, Bennetts Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Alastair Seeley, Tyco BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Lee Jackson, Smiths Racing BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Haslam, Byrne, Mossey, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]

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pp916 - Unregistered

September 14, 2010 2:12 PM

They both need to make a major improvement to be competitive at the WSB round Josh was midfield at best and Kiyo was virtually last. I'm just hoping that their pace back then is not the true level of the current BSB championship relative to WSB, if so its fallen off a cliff since the 7 moved on and that's wouldn't be good at all... And what's this crap about Aussie's not getting a chance in BSB, we're over-run with the f*ckers!


September 14, 2010 3:15 PM

just hope brooksy can grab the title this year. he has got the talent and if given a half decent wsbk would be a front runner. as for bsb there is plenty of local talent in oz that could kick ass. guys like josh waters bryan staring and wayne maxwell are 3 riders that will hopefully race overseas soon. havent heard of them but will soon

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