WSBK »

Lavilla delighted to see Kiyonari win.

Among those happy to see WSBK rookie Ryuichi Kiyonari take a debut double race victory at Brands Hatch on Sunday was former BSB title rival Gregorio Lavilla.

Lavilla beat Kiyonari to the British crown in 2005, with the Japanese taking the title in 2006 and 2007. Both then switched to World Superbikes this season, Kiyonari with the title-winning Ten Kate Honda team and Lavilla - who raced in WSBK from 2000-2003 - with former BSB champion's Paul Bird Motorsport.

Brands provided both riders with the chance to exploit their BSB experience and Kiyonari was quick all weekend, qualifying third on the grid before beating double world champion Troy Bayliss to a close debut victory in race one, then overcoming countryman Noriyuki Haga for a dream repeat in race two.

Lavilla's weekend wasn't as spectacular, although he very nearly upset the form book by being fastest for most of Saturday's rain-interrupted Superpole session - before the track dried, dropping him to 13th. The Spaniard then recorded 13th and 14th place finishes in the two races, but was buoyed by what Kiyo had achieved.

"Brands is a track which I have beaten Kiyo on before in BSB so it was really great to see him win the double here and I want to congratulate him," said Lavilla.

"We made some good improvements to the bike in the second race and we put in some good lap times, "he explained."We were consistent once again and within the points but I wasn't able to improve much on my qualifying position during the race so we have to keep working hard on set-up and move up to the next level which I hope we can achieve at Donington."

Donington Park is another round that both Kiyonari and Lavilla know intimately from British Superbike racing.

Kiyonari's best result prior to Brands Hatch was a third position at Monza, while Lavilla's highest placing so far this season is seventh position. Kiyonari now holds eighth in the championship standings with Lavilla 14th.

Lavilla's new team- mate Chris Walker finished 15th in both races.


Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Lavilla, British WSBK Race 1 2008
Scott Smart and Lavilla, race 1, Australian WSBK 2016
Lavilla, race 1, Australian WSBK 2016
Lavilla and Sacchi, Australian WSBK, 2016
Podium, Smith, Espargaro, Nakasuga, Aegerter, Kiyonari, Haga, Hook, Kagayama Suzuka 8 hours, 2015
Team kagayama, Haga, Kiyonari, Kagayama Suzuka 8 hours, 2015
Scott Smart and Lavilla, Australian WSBK 2015
Scott Smart and Lavilla, Australian WSBK 2015
Rea and Lavilla, Australian WSBK 2015
Lavilla, Portuguese WSBK race1 2014
Lavilla, Portuguese WSBK race1 2014
Lavilla and Carrera, Portuguese WSBK 2014
Daniel Carrera, Scott Smart and Gregorio Lavilla, Portuguese WSBK 2014
Daniel Carrera, Scott Smart and Gregorio Lavilla, Portuguese WSBK 2014
Daniel Carrera, Scott Smart and Gregorio Lavilla, FIM Meeting, Portuguese WSBK 2014
Daniel Carrera, Scott Smart and Gregorio Lavilla, FIM Meeting, Portuguese WSBK 2014
Lavilla, WSBK Sporting Director, Portuguese WSBK 2014
Lavilla and Denning, WSB race1, Turkish WSB 2013

Start the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.