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Ryuichi Kiyonari lived up to pre-qualifying expectations to snatch a closely-contested pole position for round four of the 2014 MCE British Superbike Championship at Knockhill.
On a weekend that has seen the revitalised former champion – competing in his first BSB season as a BMW rider – prove the rider to beat alongside Shane Byrne in Scotland, Kiyonari would prevail in an exciting session that would see just two tenths cover the first eight riders.
Indeed, having hinted at his pace by setting the fastest lap of the weekend in Q1, it appeared both he and Byrne has peaked too early when it came to the decisive Q3 session as Josh Brookes and Stuart Easton looked set to upset the favourites by disputing the top spot into the final minute.
With a lap of 48.116secs, Brookes seemed on course for pole position now the chequered flag had dropped, only for Kiyonari to save his best for last by going 0.004secs quicker on the Buildbase BMW. His first BSB pole position as a BMW rider, it is only the manufacturer's second ever pole position in BSB and is likely to give it hope as it looks to break its long-awaited BSB podium duck this weekend.
Brookes would settle for second place, with championship leader Byrne settling for a spot on the front row on the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki.
Though it wasn't quite the pole position his fans were hoping for, local favourite Easton still starts a fine fourth, alongside James Ellison and James Westmoreland, the latter completing the Buildbase team's impressive day.
Tommy Bridewell qualified seventh, but will have to start tenth after being punished for a 'delayed response' to black/orange flags in FP3 shortly before he crashed in that session. As such, the remaining Q3 contenders Jakub Smrz, Chris Walker and Michael Rutter rise one position to seventh, eighth and ninth.