No Mountain too high as HM Plant boys dominate at Cadwell
BY Zoe Burn and Mic Archbold
HM Plant Honda dominated the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship round at its home track, Cadwell Park.
Riders Ryuichi Kiyonari and Josh Brookes shared the spoils as they took a win each in the baking Lincolnshire sunshine.
And for Kiyonari it was the final the piece to his UK circuit domination, as he finally won at the only track where victory has always eluded him - even in the two seasons where he took the championship.
Less than a week after the birth of his son Koma, Kiyo overcame a difficult qualifying session by getting a blinding start at the green light and charging into the lead from the second row.
With series leader Tommy Hill in close pursuit on his Worx Crescent Suzuki, it looked like the Japanese hotshot would have a tough race on his hands keeping him at bay - until Hill crashed out heavily at Hall Bends on Lap Four.
From there, he came under pressure just once when the Relentless Suzuki of Michael Laverty nudged ahead on Lap Eight, but Kiyo was quick to nab the spot back and lead all the way to the chequered flag.
"For me, very special, the team's home track, my home track. I try many times for this," he said in his trademark broken English.
"In earlier years, the team have private tests here for me, help me a lot, but no wins, till this one.
"This is the perfect week for me - my baby son Koma was born six days ago, now I win the race for him and my wife Madoka."
Laverty took second from RidersMotorcycles.com Ducati rider Rutter with Tommy Bridewell fourth on the Quay Garage Honda.
Brookes - who had started from pole - crossed the line fifth and was determined to make amends when race two got underway a few hours later.
And make ammends he did, as he got a much better start at the green light and was sitting second behind Laverty at the end of the first lap.
But not content to sit behind the Suzuki for long, Brookes pulled off a daring move at Hall Bend, taking the lead and holding it for the rest of the race.
Hill, who was desperate to make up some ground after his crash in Race One, had moved into second place past Laverty as the race headed into Lap 14.
But his progress was halted shortly after, when Motorpoint Yamaha's Dan Linfoot suffered a massive off at the famous Mountain, bringing out the red flag. With more than two-thirds of the race complete, officials called it a result.
"I wanted to get out front, it is such a good feeling to there and to be pulling a gap," said a jubilant Brookes.
"I made a good start, made some passes while the tyres were fresh and kept it smooth. If I'm not on the top step of the podium I get a bit annoyed, but that is the racer in me."
Brookes' win takes him to 36 points adrift of Hill in the championship chase, while Swan Honda's Stuart Easton now trails behind in fifth palce overall after crashing out of the first race and finishing 10th in the second.
In the BSB-Evo class it was business as usual for Steve Borgan and Jentin BMW squad as he won both races by a country mile to move within ten points of MAR Kawasaki rider Hudson Kennaugh.
MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship race one result:
1 Ryuichi Kiyonari (HM Plant Honda) 27m 35.356secs
2 Michael Laverty (Relentless Suzuki by TAS) +0.497s
3 Michael Rutter (Ridersmotorcycles.com Ducati) +1.877s
4 Tommy Bridewell (Quay Garage Honda) +2.528s
5 Josh Brookes (HM Plant Honda) +5.168s
6 John Laverty (Buildbase Kawasaki) +7.754s
7 Chris Walker (MSS Colchester Kawasaki) +10.072s
8 Martin Jessopp (Ridersmotorcycles.com Ducati) +11.042s
9Alastair Seeley (Relentless Suzuki by TAS) +11.953s
10 Dan Linfoot (Motorpoint Yamaha) +13.178s
Race two result:
1 Josh Brookes (HM Plant Honda) 22m 15.411secs
2 Tommy Hill (Worx Crescent Suzuki) +4.398s
3 Michael Laverty (Relentless Suzuki by TAS) +5.675s
4 Michael Rutter (Ridersmotorcycles.com Ducati) +5.921s
5 John Laverty (Buildbase Kawasaki) +10.465s
6 Tommy Bridewell (Quay Garage Honda) +10.731s
7 Alastair Seeley (Relentless Suzuki by TAS) +13.663s
8 Chris Walker (MSS Colchester Kawasaki) +19.568s
9 Martin Jessopp (Ridersmotorcycles.com Ducati) 1 lap
10 Stuart Easton (Swan Honda) 1 lap
1 Tommy Hill (Worx Crescent Suzuki) 146
2 Josh Brookes (HM Plant Honda) 110
3 Michael Laverty (Relentless Suzuki by TAS) 101
4 Michael Rutter (Ridersmotorcycles.com Ducati) 88
5 Stuart Easton (Swan Honda) 81