Ryuichi Kiyonari has expressed his gratitude to Crash.net readers for being voted this year's BSB Rider of the Year in our annual poll.

The Japanese rider finished runner-up to Shane Byrne in the 2014 British Superbike standings, but Kiyonari was recognised for his impressive return to form following his switch from Honda to Buildbase BMW, which included scoring the manufacturer's first wins and mounting a mighty title challenge.

Though he would ultimately lose after injuring himself in the final round showdown, Kiyonari was still a clear winner in your poll, averaging 9 out of 10 from your thousands of votes to ensure that he came away with at least one accolade in 2014.

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The man himself says it is an 'honour' to be voted into first place, adding that he considers racing in Britain as his 'home' series now.

"I am honored to be chosen as the Crash.net BSB Rider of the Year," he said. "I want to thank you all for choosing me. Racing in BSB has always been a thrill for me. It is now my "home" series, since I have been racing in BSB longer than any other series.

"You all have always showed great support for me, and it is always a pleasure to see you cheering for me at every BSB race I go to. Once again, thank you and I hope to see you all at the races next year!"

Kiyonari will remain with Buildbase BMW for the 2015 BSB season

The full results can be viewed here.