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Kiyonari does the double at Snetterton
20 May 2007
The HM Plant Honda rider was joined on the podium once again by his team-mate Jonathan Rea in second place.
Shane Byrne on the Stobart Honda managed to complete this race with out any technical problems and the came home in third place. In race one a stone damaged a sensor on Byrne's bike which made the machine think the traction control was on and wouldn't allow it to rev.
The action started on the grid with Cal Crutchlow having a problem with his Rizla Suzuki. He had to retire to his garage for his spare machine and start from the back row of the grid.
Rea was the first man into turn one while Karl Harris was the first person to run on into the crop field. He did rejoin but only managed to fight his way up to fifteenth on his Hydrex Honda.
Rea was pursued by Leon Haslam on the Airwaves Ducati, Byrne was in third and Kiyo was fourth. Leon Camier who started from the back of the grid got up to fifteenth on the first lap while Crutchlow managed to get to nineteenth.
Lavilla didn't get a great start and was running in sixth when his Ducati developed a problem which saw him retire on lap five. On the following lap Kiyo who had slipped into third, put a move on Haslam to take second place at the Esses. He was 0.685secs off the back of Rea so he dug in and started the process of catching the leader.
Camier was still making progress and by lap eight was in seventh place, Crutchlow had also mugged a few more riders to claim fifteenth. The yellow Bike Animal Honda finally finished in sixth place while Crutchlow who got as far up as eleventh, failed to finish due to his bike developing a technical problem.
Meanwhile back at the sharp end Byrne was on the move taking Haslam on lap thirteen. Two laps later Michael Rutter crashed his Isilon MSS Discovery Kawasaki in spectacular style at Russell chicane. The machine, which was on the edge of the track, burst into flames and the safety car was deployed.
The Safety car did bunch up the riders but the top three remained the same. Hudson Kennaugh who is replacing the injured James Haydon on the Virgin Media Optoma Loans Yamaha had a good race finishing in the points in twelfth place.
Marty Nutt did the double in the privateer's Cup on his return from his nasty smash at Silverstone where he sustained broken ribs.
BSB race results (2) – Snetterton:
1. Ryuichi Kiyonari
2. Jonathan Rea
3. Shane Byrne
4. Tom Sykes
5. Leon Haslam
6. Leon Camier
7. Tommy Hill
8. Scott Smart
9. Chris Walker
10. Ollie Bridewell
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