Buildbase BMW's Ryuichi Kiyonari says the countdown to this weekend's MCE British Superbike Showdown finale at Brands Hatch has rekindled memories of his maiden BSB title in 2006.

The Japanese rider will battle it out during the triple header weekend to become the first rider ever to win four BSB crowns along with Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki rider Shane Byrne.

Kiyonari is only 12 points behind Byrne after the pair took a win apiece at the penultimate round at Silverstone to set up an intriguing final weekend at the Kent circuit.

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And former World Superbike and MotoGP rider Kiyonari says he is so fired up for the clash that he hasn't been getting much sleep this week as he outlines his aim of winning all three races to secure the crown.

"I'm feeling like a little kid at Christmas, every time I close my eyes to sleep I get excited thinking about the races this weekend," he said.
"Nobody knows what will happen, it'll be a surprise. I'm so excited even I can't sleep. The situation is like when I won the championship in 2010, and I had to win all three races to take the title. It's the same situation but the rivals, the bikes and the circuit are different.

"But actually it feels more like 2006 when I won my first ever title. I feel the same excitement and enthusiasm as everything is new and enjoyable: new bike, new team and new rivals. Whether that's good or bad I don't know - I can tell you after Brands Hatch."

Kiyonari has been on a roll since claiming his first victory in June, relentlessly closing the gap to Byrne and confirming his faith in the Buildbase team and the S1000RR by signing a new deal for 2015.

"Nobody expected us to be pushing for the title in year one, but I like to be P1 in everything. I want to be first in free practice, in qualifying and in every race. I want to win all three races and win the championship this weekend," Kiyonari said.

"I want my fourth title, BMW Motorrad's first and to win it for Stuart Hicken and the Hawk Racing team."

Kiyonari has won seven times this season and finished on the rostrum on a further six occasions as he enjoys a return to his stunning best form.