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Lavilla wins race one but Championship undecided

9 October 2005

Airwaves Ducati riders Gregorio Lavilla and Leon Haslam have dominated race one at the Brands Hatch season finale, putting Lavilla in a 24 point lead going into the final race of the year. Championship rival Ryuichi Kiyonari on the HM Plant Honda put up a spirited battle from his third row start, but the odds are now against him.

Haslam got the hole-shot into Paddock Hill Bend, closely followed by Lavilla, pole-sitter James Haydon and the Hawk Kawasaki's of Dean Thomas and Glen Richards. Tommy Hill also got a good start and slotted into seventh. Karl Harris did not capitalise on his front row start, and crashed out of eighth place at Clearways on lap one, he bashed his ankle but will be ok for race two.

The battle for third place had already become a fierce one, with James Haydon trying every move to get past Thomas. Glen Richards' race came to a premature end when he crashed out of this battle half way through lap two. The HM Plant Hondas made good starts and were already catching Haydon.

Haydon's efforts were finally rewarded on lap three when he managed to pass Thomas into third place, but the Ducati's of Haslam and Lavilla were already pulling away, with a three second lead by lap four.

Kiyonari passed team-mate Rutter for fifth, so a lap later Haslam appeared to allow Lavilla through at Druids to help Lavilla's Championship hopes. Kiyonari set about chasing down Thomas and Haydon, catching them by lap six.

Haydon had a big moment on lap eight, being jolted out of the seat on the Cooper straight. This appeared to spur on Thomas who tried every line to make a move on the Suzuki. Kiyonari wasn't done either, passing Thomas for fourth at Surtees on lap twelve, and setting after Haydon.

It looked as though he might get passed at Paddock Hill Bend on lap fourteen, but Haydon was very stubborn and held his line. Kiyonari tried the move again the following lap, however this time ran wide into the corner, much to the advantage of Thomas who moved back through to fourth. This wasn't for long though, as Kiyonari repassed him at Surtees.

Haydon also fell prey to Kiyonari's charge the following lap at Graham Hill Bend, but again bit back to retain his position. Kiyonari tried absolutely everything throughout the last lap, but was unable to make any move on Haydon, who went on to claim his first podium of the year, Rizla Suzuki's fourth.

Lavilla crossed the line comfortably ahead of Haslam, who had a 7.312 second advantage over Haydon. Kiyonari held fourth and Thomas fifth, with Michael Rutter following them home in sixth.

Stobart Honda team-mates Gary Mason and Jeremy McWilliams had good results with seventh and ninth, split by Hydrex Honda's Steve Plater. The injured Scott Smart battled to twelfth, just behind Jonathan Rea and Michael Laverty.

Crashers included guest Suzuki rider James Buckingham and Yamaha's Tommy Hill, who fell at Druids; Richard Wren and Dennis Hobbs went down at Paddock Hill Bend on lap ten.


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