Buildbase BMW's Ryuichi Kiyonari had an eventful debut for the team at Brands Hatch as the triple MCE British Superbike champion showed a return to form in the opening round of the series.

Kiyonari dramatically stalled his S1000RR on the line in the first race and was lucky to avoid being struck by the charging pack.

The Japanese rider clawed back 12 places when the race was re-started after James Hillier's Kawasaki suffered engine trouble, dumping oil on the circuit, to finish in 16th place.

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Kiyo started from row two in the second race and claimed a spirited fourth place to match the team's best result in British Superbikes to date and show his true colours after a tough season with Samsung Honda in 2013.

"I have a very good feeling now, because we've had really promising results in the wet and dry and I've been in the top ten for every session," said Kiyonari. "The second race today was really good, I was catching the lead riders.

"With a few more laps, I think I'd have had them. In practice we managed over 40 laps on one race tyre, so we have great life. In the first race, I have to say, sorry to all the other riders.

"I stalled the engine on the line, and I was very lucky not to get hit," he added. "It hasn't happened before - but race two was much better."