World Superbike Brands Hatch Results

August 3, 2008
Bart Madson
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Ryuichi Kiyonari scored 22nd and 19th-place finishes in his SBK debut - Qatar
Two-time British Superbike champion Ryuichi Kiyonari proves why he’s the best in Britain as the Japanese Honda rider scores the double at Brands Hatch.

Ryuichi Kiyonari knows a thing or two about how to ride a superbike in Great Britain – the reigning two-time British Superbike champion and current World Superbike rookie scoring the double at Brands Hatch. Joining the Hannspree Ten Kate Honda rider on the WSB podium in Race 1 were current points leader Troy Bayliss (Xerox Ducati) and Max Biaggi (Sterilgarda Ducati). In the second contest Kiyonari shared the steps with factory Yamaha riders Noriyuki Haga and Troy Corser.

In Race 1 Kiyonari had to chase down the run-away points leading Bayliss, but the 25-year-old Japanese pilot would not be denied his maiden SBK win. Overtaking the Aussie in the latter stages of the race, Kiyonari fended off the Duc to the line with a slim 0.137 advantage at the finish. Also in the mix at the checkered flag was the Ducati satellite-riding Biaggi, a pleasant return to podium form for Mad Max.

Yukio Kagayama led a strong Suzuki contingent in Race 1 by finishing fourth, one spot ahead of teammate Fonsi Nieto and three ahead of second paddock mate Max Neukirchner. Kiyonari’s Honda teammate, Carlos Checa, took up sixth, with eventual Race 2 podium finisher Corser having to settle for eighth.

Kiyonari’s second race at Brands Hatch was even better, with the Japanese rider edging out fellow countryman Haga. Finishing a full seven seconds behind his Yamaha teammate the consistent Corser racked up another podium, but the 2005 champion is still winless in ’08.

Neukirchner recovered his top-five form in the second race with a fourth-place finish, the German followed by teammate Nieto. Michel Fabrizio was the top Ducati man in sixth, with Bayliss struggling in 11th. Another notable top-10 Race 2 result was Rizla Suzuki wild card rider Tom Skyes, with the British Superbike star finishing a respectable seventh.

The two wins are the first of Kiyonari’s SBK career and have moved the Honda man up from tenth in the points to eighth

Yamaha Motor Italia s Troy Corser sat atop the provisional pole after the first day of qualifying at Phillip Island.
Troy Corser moves into third place in the 2008 World Superbike championship standings after Brands Hatch.

– a single point behind Biaggi. Bayliss, in spite of his uncharacteristic finish in Race 2, still retains mastery of the overall championship with a comfortable 82-point cushion over his nearest rivals Neukirchner and Corser (334 – 252). Following the tied Neukirchner and Corser are Checa and Haga, competing over fourth in the points (Checa 233, Haga 230).

Now the World Superbike paddock enjoys a month-long break before getting back underway at Donington September 7. On a sad note, former Foggy Petronas SBK rider, Craig Jones, suffered a serious head injury while competing in the Brands Hatch World Supersport race aboard his Honda CBR600RR. FGSport reports that Jones crashed and “appeared to be struck by a following rider,” the British rider was then flown to the Royal London Hospital trauma center. Jones later succomed to his injuries, the 23-year-old dying at the Royal London hospital in the early hours of August 4th.

Brands Hatch Race 1 Results:
1. R. Kiyonari
2. T. Bayliss +0.137
3. M. Biaggi +0.180
4. Y. Kagayama +5.733
5. F. Nieto +6.499
6. C. Checa +6.964
7. M. Neukirchner +8.300
8. T. Corser +10.732
9. J. Smrz +16.647
10. R. Rolfo +16.669

Brands Hatch Race 2 Results:
1. R. Kiyonari
2. N. Haga +1.848
3. T. Corser +8.883
4. M. Neukirchner +11.180
5. F. Nieto +12.928
6. M. Fabrizio +13.696
7. T. Sykes +13.872
8. C. Checa +14.009
9. J. Smrz +19.065
10. L. Lanzi +19.864

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