The British Super Bike Championships has come full circle with its conclusion this weekend at the track where the season began, Brands Hatch.
Despite this being the second visit to Brands Hatch the rider’s skills will once again be tested to the limit riding on the longer and arguably more challenging GP circuit as opposed to the Indy circuit in round one.
In what has been dubbed the ‘War for Four’ Ryuichi Kiyonari and Shane Byrne will go head to head not only for the 2014 crown but a place in BSB history. The winner will go down as the most successful rider the championship has ever seen. The two are separated by a mere 12 points going into a triple race weekend, and with 75 points on the line either one could claim the title in what promises to be three of the best races this season.
Triple champions Byrne and Kiyonari fought it out on-track at Silverstone two weeks ago and shared the victories in two epic clashes which saw the lead swap several times over, with both riders pulling off some fantastic moves. Byrne has scored an impressive 11 race wins on the Grand Prix circuit and knows that he needs to add to this tally to beat Kiyonari to the record-breaking fourth crown. Both riders have come out stating their intentions for this weekend, and are under no illusions about what needs to happen this weekend, each stating wins are needed.
Kiyonari; "Brands Hatch GP circuit is one of my favourite tracks and now we have nothing to lose. I have to win all three races, I can't let Shakey (Byrne) finish in front of me”
Byrne; "There are three races and I need to win at least one race, basically. Kiyo has to win all three if I am second to him in all three, but I have to treat Brands Hatch as a place where I need to come out and try and have three wins. That is top of my agenda.”
With nothing between these riders’ tactics and maybe even some mind games may play their part this weekend especially if the initial practice session is anything to go by. The two title rivals gave nothing away to one another waiting until the final five minutes of the session to head out on track. The Buildbase BMW rider (Kiyonari) watched the start of the session from the pit wall, but as rival Byrne made the first move leaving the garage, the Japanese contender headed out for the first time too. The session ended with Kiyonari in 4th and Byrne 19th, neither too worried about the session, seemingly saving their best for the main event. It’s going to be epic!