Ryuichi Kiyonari thinks it could be 'too risky' to gamble on the last-to-first grid shake-up in race two at Brands Hatch, while Buildbase BMW team manager Steve Hicken isn't opposed to taking on the 'King of Brands' challenge.

The three-time British Superbike champion says he is desperate to make a return to the top step of the podium this weekend to keep his Showdown target on track. As a result, the Japanese rider feels it might be a step too far to sacrifice a front row start for double points, a special trophy and a potential ?50,000 in bonus prize money.

Kiyonari is looking forward to returning to Brands Hatch despite suffering a disastrous race weekend last time BSB competed on the grand prix track. The Buildbase BMW rider was locked in a battle with Shane Byrne for the BSB title at the 2014 season finale but crashed out and broke his collarbone, effectively handing the title to Byrne.

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"I like Brands, I have many good memories of racing there but also some bad ones too like the last round in 2014," Kiyonari said. "At Knockhill we made big improvements and I felt much faster.

"I need to win races this weekend to get myself back in to the top six. All I want is to win so it is maybe too risky to start from the back but we'll see."

Kiyonari trails the top six Showdown spots by 34 points with the last position currently occupied by Tyco BMW's Tommy Bridewell.

Despite Kiyonari's hesitations, team manager Hicken says he isn't completely set against the idea and thinks his team could use it to its advantage with the promise of double points on offer.

"It's really important for Kiyo to get some good championship points and podium credits so we'll be pushing for the best weekend possible," Hicken said. "If he qualifies on the front row for race two and has the pace, we would definitely look at starting from the back - double points would certainly help us get back up to the top six."