Title Showdown contender Ryuichi Kiyonari endured a day of two halves at Assen as a dismal first race was followed by a run to his first British Superbike podium since Oulton Park.

Despite comfortably making it into the three-round title shootout, three-time champion Kiyonari has seen his form fluctuate wildly over the course of the year, as evidenced at Assen alone when he laboured home to 14th in race one before finishing fourth on the road in race two.

With fourth becoming third by virtue of Samsung Honda team-mate Alex Lowes' disqualification ahead, Kiyonari was pleased to be celebrating the top three again, but isn't certain why he was so slow in the opening rubber.

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"The second race was much better for me and we are making some good progress and maybe next time out we will get a podium and then a win. It has not been all good for me, but we make some changes and we are getting there.

"I do not know why the first race was not so good. Now in the Showdown it is very important that I get good results in remaining races."