Ryuichi Kiyonari proved he is still a force to be reckoned with in the MCE British Superbike Championship after notching up his first win since 2011 with a dominant display of riding at Knockhill.

Competing in his first season with the Buildbase BMW team having curtailed a long career at Honda - with whom he claimed his three BSB titles and 43 wins - Kiyonari has shown impressive pace on the S1000RR this season as he looks to recover the form that last saw him on top of the podium three years ago.

Quick at Knockhill from the off, Kiyonari showed his hand again with a run to pole position in qualifying before simply marching away with victory in race one, leading from the first corner to win by almost five seconds.

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"It was a very good race and I am so happy because this is important; it is a win again for me and also the first for BMW. I had a crash this morning and that made me very nervous before the race because it lost me confidence and I didn't want to make another mistake. Then at the start of the race it all came back to me and I knew I could push hard. I didn't want Shakey to catch me and I tried very hard to keep the gap.

Kiyonari stood to make it a double win in race two, but for a mistake shortly after taking the lead denying him the chance to take on eventual winner Shane Byrne. Despite this, there was nothing but delight from the Japanese rider following his Scottish success.

His first non-Honda win in BSB, Kiyonari's success also marks a first BSB win - and podium - for BMW after four years of trying, as well as a return to the victory circle for the Hawk Racing-run Buildbase team. It has also served to lift him into the top six Title Showdown positions after four rounds.