Ryuichi Kiyonari took his first win at the Lincolnshire circuit ahead of Michael Laverty and Michael Rutter.
Round 4 of the 2010 British Superbike Championship saw HM Plant’s Josh Brookes and Ryuichi Kiyonari as the victors at Cadwell Park. In a sensational ride at the Lincolnshire circuit, Brookes took the win by over five seconds from Suzuki’s Tommy Hill. Both riders were able to bring back wins for HM Plant Honda, who haven’t had a win at Cadwell since 2008.
In the opening race Kiyonari was able to get off a great start from the second row ahead of Tommy Hill, Michael Rutter and Stuart Easton. Kiyonari’s teammate, Brookes, dropped back in the opening lap to ninth after a front-row start.
Swan Honda’s Easton had his race brought to an early end when he suffered a heavy crash from his fourth-place position. Shortly after on Lap 4 championship leader Hill crashed out while attempting to pressure Kiyonari for the lead, resulting in a safety car being brought out.
“I was behind Kiyo in that first race and was mindful that I wanted to stop him building a gap. And then, quite simply, on
the fourth lap, I clipped a curb and went down,” said Hill. “But for the hole in the generator cover, where it hit the curb, there was no damage. Only then the little bit of oil that had dribbled out ran on to the exhausts and caught alight which meant the marshals poured on the fire extinguishers – and gave the team a whole lot more to clean up before the second race!”
Kiyonari slowly stretched his lead ahead of Rutter and then Suzuki’s Michael Laverty. With just two laps remaining Kiyonari had a two-second gap smashed when he bobbled at the top of the mountain and gave the lead to the Relentless Suzuki bike of Laverty on the penultimate lap.
Unwilling to call it a day, Kiyonari went right back on the offensive and was able to take an inside line to regain first-place. He then managed to create a small gap ahead of Laverty before crossing the finish line for his maiden victory at Cadwell Park.
“I am so happy to win at this track for HM Plant Honda as it was my goal as I have never won here before,” said the Japanese rider. “It was a good race and I was consistent with my lap times but with three laps to go I went wide at the Mountain and was on the grass and almost high-sided, but then I came back as I didn’t want to finish second!”
Josh Brookes took an early charge toward the front and remained there for the duration of the race, creating over a five-second lead on Tommy Hill.
The second contest saw Race 1 winner Kiyonari retire before the start due to a technical problem, which forced him to give up any chances of earning a double victory. At the start of the race it was Michael Laverty with the holeshot followed by Rutter in second and Brookes lurking behind in third. In what were some aggressive moves Brookes advanced to second-place quickly in the opening lap. Soon Afterward, the Australian put pressure on race leader Laverty, who buckled and surrendered first-place to Brookes.
Meanwhile a battle for third developed as Laverty, Rutter and Hill pushed for the final podium position. While Laverty was running second during Lap 13 his back slid out going into a chicane, almost resulting in a crash. Although Laverty saved himself from crashing, he had to cut across the grass to rejoin the pack.
In the process Rutter closed the gap on Laverty with Hill following close behind. After taking an inside line Hill managed to advance to third ahead of Rutter and shortly thereafter took second-place from from Laverty.
At this point a red flag was issued on Lap 16 due to a heavy crash by Dan Linfoot. With over a five-second gap Brookes took the win in Race 2 on the Lincolnshire circuit.
“That race is the kind of performance I wanted to show when I first came over here to race in BSB; to get into the lead and then edge out a gap and win in style,” said Brookes. “It is such a great feeling and the team have worked so hard this weekend to get us in this position. The CBR1000 was fast and even here where some people say it is hard to pass we found the speed with the improvements we made over the weekend and it puts us up there in the championship now.”
Contributing an impressive performance was Kawasaki’s Laverty, who finished fifth ahead of Honda’s Bridewell. The MSS Colchester Kawasaki bike of Chris Walker took eighth just in front of Martin Jessopp and Easton.
Hill was able to earn a podium spot in Race 2 after his crash in the first race caused a safety car to be brought out.
British Superbike Cadwell Park Race 1 Results:
1. Ryuichi Kiyonari (Honda)
2. Michael Laverty (Suzuki) +0.497
3. Michael Rutter (Ducati) +1.877
4. Tommy Bridewell (Honda) +2.528
5. Josh Brookes (Honda) +5.168
6. John Laverty (Kawasaki) +7.754
7. Chris Walker (Kawasaki) +10.072
8. Martin Jessopp (Ducati) +11.042
9. Alastair Seeley (Suzuki) +11.953
10. Dan Linfoot (Yamaha) +13.178
British Superbike Cadwell Park Race 2 Results:
1. Josh Brookes (Honda)
2. Tommy Hill (Suzuki) +4.398
3. Michael Laverty (Suzuki) + 5.675
Josh Brookes (center) along with Tommy Hill (left) and Michael Laverty (right) took podium spots in Race 2 at Cadwell Park.
4. Michael Rutter (Ducati) +5.921
5. John Laverty (Kawasaki) +10.465
6. Tommy Bridewell (Honda) +10.731
7. Alastair Seeley (Suzuki) +13.663
8. Chris Walker (Kawasaki) +19.568
9. Martin Jessopp (Ducati) +1 lap
10. Stuart Easton (Honda) +1 lap
British Superbike Championship Points:
1. Tommy Hill (Worx Suzuki) 146
2. Josh Brookes (HM Plant Honda) 110
3. Michael Laverty (Relentless Suzuki) 101
4. Michael Rutter (Riders Ducati) 88
5. Stuart Easton (Swan Honda) 81