Kiyonari secures Mallory pole

The former double champion produces his best when it matters to qualify on pole position ahead of Laverty and Hill.
Ryuichi Kiyonari pulled it out the bag to secure pole position for the fifth round of the MCE British Superbike Championship at Mallory Park, ahead of pre-qualifying favourite Michael Laverty.

The Japanese rider had maintaining a good, if not front running, pace during free practice but lifted himself to the fore late on to edge out Laverty by almost three-tenths of a second.

Having topped two of the three practice sessions, Laverty had looked well on course for his and Relentless by TAS Suzuki's first-ever BSB pole position as he paced Q1 and Q2, but – like two years ago at Mallory Park – would have to settle fro second.

A herculean effort by the Worx Crescent Suzuki team can be credited for Tommy Hill's third place after the series leader crashed in Q1. Returning to the track in Q2 with just minutes to spare, Hill made it through to the shootout to secure a good spot on the front row.

The ever-consistent Michael Rutter starts fourth on the Ducati, the veteran looking for the kind of form that made him a surprise winner at the circuit two years ago – his last BSB win.

Hill's closest championship challenger, Josh Brookes, heads up row two in fifth, ahead of surprise packages Andrew Pitt and Karl Harris, the pair qualifying a remarkable sixth and seventh on their respective debut in and return to BSB.

Dan Linfoot completed Motorpoint Yamaha's best qualifying day in eighth, ahead of Chris Walker who, like Harris, was another rider to do wonders on ageing machinery.

Despite qualifying tenth on paper, Alastair Seeley will start 14th after being penalised for exiting the pit lane under a red light during FP3. As such, Yukio Kagayama – who joined his team-mate in falling during Q1 – gets promoted up a spot.

Elsewhere, there was big disappointment for Swan Honda, with Stuart Easton qualifying down in 14th (13th when Seeley's penalty is taken into consideration) while James Ellison's steady recovery from injury could only see him get as high as 15th. John Laverty, meanwhile, will start 20th after crashing during SP2.

In the Evo category, Hudson Kennaugh secure pole position with 21st overall, one position ahead of closest championship rival Steve Brogan.

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Josh Brookes, Ryuichi Kiyonari - HM Plant Honda [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Ryuichi Kiyonari - HM Plant Honda [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Ryuichi Kiyonari - HM Plant Honda [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Jason O`Halloran, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Luke Mossey, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Peter Hickman, Smiths BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Tommy Bridewell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Bradley Ray, Buildbase Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Sylvain Guintoli, Bennetts Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Alastair Seeley, Tyco BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Lee Jackson, Smiths Racing BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Haslam, Byrne, Mossey, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]

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June 27, 2010 4:59 AM

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June 27, 2010 1:21 AM

I must admit that I thought along the same lines as 50cc when it comes to Tommy Hill.... ....BUT I am starting to change my opinion. Tommy has ridden very well this season perhaps Jack has threatened to give him any repair bills. Tommy is now showing the promise that was there in his old Virgin Cup championship days. A case of to much to soon and getting hurt a couple of times can screw your progress. Having said all that....Go Michael Rutter stuff it to all of 'em

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