Ryuichi Kiyonari has taken the lead of the MCE British Superbike standings for the first time this season after securing a trio of podium finishes at Brands Hatch.

Although he lost out to Tom Sykes in Sunday's two races, following up on his third place finish in the wet first encounter, Kiyonari was not joined on the podium by key rivals Tommy Hill and Josh Brookes.

As such, he has not only moved seven points ahead in the overall standings, his three extra podium credits means he is well placed to start the forthcoming title showdown on a better starting point.

"The first race was difficult and I was pushing hard but I didn't know what the limit was after the wet race," the HM Plant Honda rider said. "The second was a good, hard last race for me but I am happy that I was able to finish on the podium again with a second place.

"I could follow Tom but we were faster in different parts of the track, so it was difficult to make a pass on him. Every lap I was following him trying to work out if I could get by but I just couldn't make it. I am happy as I have found a good setting this weekend with my mechanics and we are feeling very confident of another good round at Cadwell Park.

"I was really motivated to have three strong races and we have been on the podium three times so I am pleased to have the championship lead now but there are still races to go before the end of the season."