BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Brands Hatch, 22/10/2014, British Superbike Championship
The final round of the 2014 British Superbike Championship (BSB) at Brands Hatch turned out to be a more than a dramatic weekend. Japanese RR rider Ryuichi Kiyonari arrived at the Kent circuit with the clear goal of claiming a record-breaking fourth BSB title. However, the Buildbase BMW Motorrad rider suffered a huge setback before the action really got started.
He crashed in free practice and fractured his collarbone. Despite his injury, Kiyonari did all he could to start the weekend’s three races, but in the end was forced to withdraw from the event. His main rival, Brit Shane Byrne, claimed the title and has now the honour of being the first four-time BSB champion, while Kiyonari still finished the season second overall.
Disappointed but ultimately also pleased about the championship runner-up title championship, the Japanese RR rider commented: "It was a very tough decision not to start, it has been a hard time. In the morning warm-up I tried to ride but the conditions were not so good. So I had to leave the title for Shakey. Nevertheless, this season was unbelievable and I enjoyed every race. So I am happy about the championship runner-up title."
Kiyonari’s team mate James Westmoreland from Great Britain claimed top-ten finishes in the first two of the three races on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit, coming home ninth on both occasions. In the third race, Westmoreland finished 14th. Swiss Patric Muff from Team IWR retired in race one, but finished 13th in races two and three.
In the BSB Superstock class race, South African Hudson Kennaugh from Linxcel Moto Racing finished third on his BMW S 1000 RR to claim a place on the podium. Brit Lee Jackson from the Buildbase BMW Motorrad team was 12th. In the overall classification, Jackson finished the 2014 season in third, while Kennaugh was fourth.