Kiyonari leads as BSB returns to full complement

The 2016 MCE British Superbike class roared into action as a full complement at Silverstone with a steady opening session as Ryuichi topped proceedings
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The 2016 MCE British Superbike class roared into action as a full complement at Silverstone with a steady opening session in bitterly cold conditions, with Ryuichi Kiyonari topping the morning session.

After recent storms had battered the area the Silverstone circuit gradually dried up during the morning session but was prematurely halted after oil was dropped on the circuit after 15 minutes.

As the session resumed with a clean track and bright blue skies above, the BSB field gradually got to grips with the track but lap times remained well outside of any records.

New Bennetts Suzuki recruit Kiyonari climbed to the top on slick tyres, leading by a third of a second from Smiths Racing's Jakub Smrz.

The majority of the BSB riders completed shakedown runs with a handful of laps each as the first session marked the opening track action since the majority of teams' private testing in Spain and around the UK.

Be Wiser Ducati's Shane Byrne placed himself in familiar territory on the timesheet with third ahead of Tyco BMW's Christian Iddon while the returning Leon Haslam rounded out the top five for JG Speedfit Kawasaki.

Honda's Dan Linfoot climbed to sixth with a late improvement ahead of Luke Mossey, Jason O'Halloran, John Hopkins as rookie James Rispoli completed the top ten.

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Ryuichi Kiyonari, Buildbase BMW, BSB [Credit: Buildbase BMW PR]
Tommy Bridwell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki, [Credit: BSB media]
Tommy Bridwell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki, [Credit: BSB]
Tommy Bridwell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki, [Credit: BSB]
Tommy Bridwell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki, [Credit: BSB]
Lee Jackson, Smiths Racing BMW [Credit: Smiths Racing]
Peter Hickman, Smiths BMW [Credit: Smiths Racing]
From Diggers to Ducatis
Tyco BMW bikes, Motorcycle Live [Credit: TAS Racing]
David Giugliano, Tyco BMW [Credit: MSV]
JG Speedfit Bournemouth Kawasaki livery, 2017, BSB
Hawk Racing Suzuki, BSB [Credit: BSB media]
Luke Mossey, Quattro Plant Kawasaki [Credit:]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, BSB [Credit:]
Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing [Credit:]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, BSB [Credit:]
Luke Mossey, Quattro Plant Kawasaki [Credit:]
Michael Laverty, Tyco BMW, BSB [Credit:]

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David Walker

March 29, 2016 12:28 PM

Unbelievable. I know Kiyo is somewhat of a specialist round here, but based on his form last season you wouldn't have thought this possible. What is it with this guy? He can be the fastest of them all one day and 4 seconds off the pace the next? There is no telling which Kiyo will turn up. If the "Top Kiyo" turns up this season he is a title contender no doubt, but also he could easily finish the season outside the top 20 if the "Crap Kiyo" turns up!


March 29, 2016 12:54 PM

i know Kiyo is a big part of his own run, but also have to consider he is not responsible of all circunstances...for good or for bad, anyway great, hope that Suzies run up there...

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