Market Rasen’s British Superbikes riders suffer mixed fortunes

Jason O'Halloran in action at Brands Hatch EMN-150720-164318002
Jason O'Halloran in action at Brands Hatch EMN-150720-164318002

Market Rasen’s two racers suffered mixed results in round six of the British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch on Sunday.

Ryuichi Kiyonari scored 15th and 18th place finishes in the two races, while Jason O’Halloran crashed in race one, but was ninth in the second 20-lap affair.

After qualifying in 12th position, O’Halloran began the first race from the fourth row of the grid, but his race was over at the second corner when he tangled with another rider and went down at Druids on the first lap.

O’Halloran was placed on the sixth row for the start of the second encounter and completed the first lap down in 18th.

On lap three he moved up to 15th and one lap later passed Broc Parkes to take up 14th place. Lap five saw him make further progress, this time up to 11th and he then set about catching the group ahead.

He made it up to ninth on lap 12 and held station through the remaining nine laps to pick up seven championship points.

The Australian rider moved up to fifth in the rider standings on 103 points and nicely placed among the top six who go through to the shootout later in the season.

Japanese rider Kiyonari, meanwhile, was having an off day. He advanced into the third stage of qualifying, but was only able to complete the session in eighth position and began the first race from the third row.

Kiyo completed the first lap in 11th and continued to slip down the order as far as 16th, but on the final lap made it back to 15th to claim a single championship point.

He began race two from row seven, but never really made any impression on the race, moving into 18th place on lap 17 and crossing the finish line in that position to miss out on the points-scoring positions.

Kiyo is now 11th in the rider standings on 52 points and needs to score well at Thruxton in the next round to elevate himself back into the top 10.

In the meantime he returns to Japan to ride in the Suzuka eight-hour Endurance race this weekend.