MOTORCYCLING: Weekend of highs and lows for Market Rasen riders

Lee Jackson in action. Photo credit: Johny Wills Photography EMN-150415-143038001
Lee Jackson in action. Photo credit: Johny Wills Photography EMN-150415-143038001

It was certainly a weekend of highs, lows, thrills and spills for Rasen riders Jason O’Halloran and Ryuichi Kiyonari.

The MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship opened in spectacular style at Donington Park for what was a thrilling opening round of the 2015 season, and early on it looked like “Kiyo” was going to take the spoils, especially after snatching a sensational pole position in Sunday’s qualifier.

Yet race day was one to forget for Kiyo, and certainly not how the Japanese rider wanted to start the season. 14th in Race 1 after tumbling down the order over the 20 lap race was not in the books, and remains a mystery to both Kiyo and the Buildbase BMW squad as to why.

After collecting just two points in the first outing, the three-time champion was high sided out of Race 2 at Goddards, at around 125mph, thankfully uninjured.

Kiyo, unsurprisingly, says he is “disappointed” with the way the races went but promises to bounce back for the next round in two weeks time.

JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider James Ellison took the race 1 spoils in a thrilling contest with Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne, and claimed an inspirational victory.

Louth based ‘Honda Racing’ rider, Jason O’Halloran, had an impressive start to his 2015 assault. After struggling for the first part of the weekend, “The O Show” advanced from 23rd on the grid to finish a few places outside the points in 19th place, but showed good progress and looked to be making steps in the right direction. Race 2 showed fantastic improvements for the Australian born rider, after he claimed an impressive 11th place, just ahead of Race 1 winner James Ellison, who had to start from the back of the 36 strong grid (3 riders short due to retirements) after a technical problem just before the start of the race.

Both riders look to make improvements, some more than others, for the next round at the Brands Hatch circuit in Kent in two weeks time. But by the looks of things, this season is truly going to be an extremely competitive and thrilling spectacle. With drama round every corner, both fans and riders should, as Larry Carter says, expect the unexpected.