MCE British Superbike Championship title challenger Ryuichi Kiyonari was satisfied with a front row start but disappointed to miss out on pole at Donington Park.

The Japanese rider had to give second best to Tyco Suzuki's John Hopkins by 0.039 seconds and expects a tough day on Sunday as he battles for more Podium Credits in his efforts to close the gap to championship leader Shane 'Shakey' Byrne.

Kiyonari said: "I am very happy with second place but I am also a bit disappointed. We need to see what our race pace is like tomorrow because the races will be hard. In Q2 I did a perfect lap but in Q3 I tried for more but I couldn't go faster.

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"The front row is important and tomorrow I want to keep strong and try to win races again. I am happy with the Buildbase BMW S1000RR so we will push tomorrow for the best results we can."

Kiyonari - biding for a record fourth BSB crown - is currently third in the series, 55 points behind Milwaukee Yamaha's Josh Brookes with Byrne a further 96 points ahead in the final pre-Showdown round of the championship.