British Superbikes: Market Rasen riders claim top five finishes at Knockhill

Ryuichi Kiyonari EMN-150607-174009002
Ryuichi Kiyonari EMN-150607-174009002

Market Rasen-based rider Jason O’Halloran kept his British Superbike Championship shoot-out hopes alive with two top five finishes last weekend.

O’Halloran followed up from his excellent podium double in the previous round at Snetterton with two fifth-place finishes at Knockhill on Sunday.

Jason O'Halloran EMN-150607-174020002

Jason O'Halloran EMN-150607-174020002

The two solid results kept him within the top six and on course for a place in the shoot-out later in the season.

He began race one from the second row and looked impressive in the first half of the 30-lap race, but began to lose touch with the top three.

The Australian rider was eventually reeled in by Michael Laverty who pushed him back a place to fifth on lap 20, and he held station until the finish.

He began the second race from the third row and once again was running in fifth place when the red flag halted the race.

At the restart he dropped down as far as eighth at one stage, but then began to move forwards, eventually finishing in fifth once again.

The results moved O’Halloran up to fifth place in the overall standings on 96 points.

Fellow Market Rasen rider Ryuichi Kiyonari crashed out of the first race, but made amends in the second encounter with a splendid fourth place finish.

Kiyo was on good form all weekend, completing his qualifying in fourth place to make a start to race one from a second row grid position.

But he made a bad start on the Buildbase BMW and dropped back down the field to ninth, and his fortunes worsened on lap nine when his race ended abruptly after crashing at turn seven.

The Japanese rider was soon back on his bike for race two, starting from the fifth row.

He had made his way through to eighth when the race was stopped for rain.

The restarted race was an 11-lap dash to the flag and Kiyo was quick to get away, moving through to fourth place on lap 10 where he stayed to the chequered flag.

He lies in ninth place overall on 52 points and has a lot of work to do to get up into the top six.

The next round takes the riders to Brands Hatch, in Kent, over the weekend of July 18 and 19 when both will be seeking to improve their points tally.