Buildbase BMW's Ryuichi Kiyonari signed off on a high note as the Japanese rider won race two to keep the pressure on MCE British Superbike title rival Shane Byrne at Silverstone.

Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki rider Byrne had won race one to open a lead of 17 points at the top of the championship standings, but Kiyonari's hard-earned success in race two ensured the BMW rider remains right in the hunt as the pair battle it out in the 'War for Four' as they aim to become the first rider ever to win the BSB crown four times.

The Showdown finale is perfectly set up for the final triple-header round at Brands Hatch and Kiyonari will head to the Kent track buoyed by his race two victory at Silverstone - his 50th career BSB win.

Related Articles

I am very, very, very happy! At first I thought 'ahh no, another Assen!' after race one, where I lost out on the win at the end," Kiyonari said.

"And then race two started very similar and then on the last lap Shakey got past and I thought 'no! I will do anything to stop him winning' and I give it full gas, not worried about tyre life or anything. But it worked.

"I had a sleep between the races and I woke up just before the second one feeling better and ready to go and fight. I like to nap, but I make sure I set an alarm."

Kiyonari is now looking ahead to the final Showdown round at Brands Hatch but admits the pressure is mounting.

"Now we are going to Brands Hatch and I like it there. But there is more pressure now," he said. "If there was a 17-point gap or 20 points maybe, you say I cannot really hope to win championship, but now it is very possible.

"At the start of the year our target was top six, then we hope maybe we can win a race in 2014... and now we are very close to the title. Also today was my 50th win which makes me think maybe I am old!"