Written by Dan Evon, Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com
The British Superbike moves on to the second round of the BSB Showdown this weekend at Silverstone. Tommy Hill and Ryuichi Kiyonari were neck and neck heading into the showdown, but Hill took two podium finishes at Croft, including one race win, and now sits 27 points ahead of Kiyonari.But Hill isn’t the only person to distance himself from King Kiyo. Kiyonari’s dissapointing weekend at Croft dropped him from being tied in first, to third behind Laverty.
Kiyo knows that the pressure is on for him to score big this weekend, and has his bike aimed straight for the top spot.
“I feel that there is less pressure on me now compared to before Croft as we have nothing to lose, but I want to win the races at Silverstone,” said Kiyonari. “We raced the new track at the World Superbike Championship round and now I know the circuit and we have made some big improvements with the HM Plant Honda since then, so we should be fast. I am just going to try my hardest and push as hard as I can to win. I am not happy unless I am first and after Croft we need to fight for victories as I want to win the championship.”
Kiyonari needs to gain some points if he wants to get back into the title fight, but he also needs to finish ahead of Josh Brookes if he wants to hold on to his third place spot. Brookes is just one point behind Kiyonari. Michael Rutter and Alastair Seeley are further adrift.
But besides the top 6 title fighters, there are plenty of other BSB riders who want to save face for the season with race wins at Silversone. James Ellison, who took a second place finish and a race win last year at Silverstone, has high hopes for this weekend.
“I am really looking forward to Silverstone. It’s one of those circuits that should really suit my style as it is fast and flowing and although it is not the same layout, I won and took a second place there last year so I am looking for a repeat performance.