British Superbikes: Rasen rider Kiyonari in the points at Oulton

Ryuichi Kiyonari EMN-150709-174017002
Ryuichi Kiyonari EMN-150709-174017002

Ryuichi Kiyonari rode to three points’ finishes at Oulton Park over the weekend in round nine of the MCE British Superbike championship.

The Market Rasen-based Japanese rider recorded a 15th, 12th and ninth place finishes to bring 12 championship points back to the team.

Qualifying on Saturday began badly for Kiyo as he tussled with front tyre problems on the Buildbase BMW and was forced to pull into the pits after just one lap for a tyre change.

Once back out on track Kiyo completed his qualifying with no further issues to begin race one from a sixth row grid position in 17th position.

A terrible start put him down to 22nd after the first lap, but he got his head down and moved forward to complete the 18-lap affair in 15th to claim one championship point.

He began race two from the eighth row and again didn’t get away to the best of starts, being down in 24th place on lap one.

But again Kiyo began to make progress and by lap five was up to 16th. He kept chipping away at the riders ahead and crossed the finish line in 12th to pick up four more championship points.

Starting the final race from the fourth row, the Japanese rider held 11th place for the first 10 laps before making a move forward and passing Michael Laverty. He then hunted down Luke Mossey who he passed on lap 15 to take ninth at the chequered flag.

The next round is at Assen, in the Netherlands, over the weekend of September 18 to 20.