British Superbikes: Market Rasen riders set for Brands Hatch test

Japanese race ace Ryuichi Kiyonari EMN-160516-092729002
Japanese race ace Ryuichi Kiyonari EMN-160516-092729002

Market Rasen-based riders Jason O’Halloran and Ryuichi Kiyonari head to Brand’s Hatch this weekend with contrasting fortunes behind them in the MCE British Superbike Championship.

Australian racer O’Halloran will head to the Kent circuit looking to build on a solid start to the season, while Kiyonari will be eager to put right a faltering start to his season.

Jason O'Halloran sits fifth after two rounds of this season's British Superbikes EMN-160516-092739002

Jason O'Halloran sits fifth after two rounds of this season's British Superbikes EMN-160516-092739002

Both riders will be hoping for a dry weekend after the wet conditions which beset Oulton Park last time out.

O’Halloran scored a fourth and eighth place at Oulton and will be seeking to improve on this at Brands Hatch.

He will need to qualify the Honda Racing Fireblade well to secure a good starting grid slot as the racing with few passing places on the short and twisty Indy circuit.

He sits fifth in the overall standings on 44 points, 28 behind early season pacesetter Christian Iddon.

Japanese rider Kiyonari suffered failed to finish both races in the second round at Oulton Park with tyre problems blamed for the DNFs.

His team will have been working hard during the three-week break to ensure the Bennetts Suzuki is on top form for the Brands Hatch races.

Kiyo has been unable to find top form as yet this year and will be hoping Kent is the place for an upturn in his results.

The Superbikes have three free practice sessions, two on Friday at 10.15am and 3.15pm, with the final session on Saturday at 10am.

The three-stage qualifying laps take place on Saturday from 2pm which set the grid for the first race on Sunday.

There is a short warm-up at 10.40am to make final preparations for the first 30-lap race at 1.30pm.

The second race is at 3.30pm and also run over 30 laps of the short Indy Brands Hatch course.

Qualifying and both races will be screened live on British Eurosport 2.