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Kiyonari wins again at Mallory

HM Plant Honda records a second British Superbike 1-2 result of the day as Kiyonari leads Brookes.
Ryuichi Kiyonari has completed his second British Superbike race win of the day after seeing off Josh Brookes in another HM Plant Honda 1-2 at Mallory Park.

The Japanese rider led from start-to-finish to lead an identical top three to that of race one, with Brookes and Michael Laverty joining him either side of the podium.

His third win of the season – one that moves him comfortably inside the crucial top six in the overall standings – Kiyonari got the jump at the start and while he was briefly passed by Chris Walker on the opening lap, the former champion reasserted his authority on lap two.

Walker gamely held onto second until lap seven when Brookes finally got past him, the Australian proceeding to chase down Kiyonari as the race approached the mid-way point. Undeterred, Kiyonari pushed on to gap Brookes over the second-half of the race, crossing the line more than three seconds ahead of the Australian.

Despite missing out on victory in both races, Brookes still has reason to celebrate having moved to within four points of Tommy Hill at the top of the standings, the Worx Crescent Suzuki rider finishing down in eighth after struggling with his lowly grid position.

Instead, Suzuki honours went to Laverty, who was on the podium for the fifth race in a row to consolidate his third in the overall standings.

The battle for the final podium place had been a three-way exchange between Laverty, Michael Rutter and Walker, but once Walker was passed by both of his rivals on lap twelve, he faded to an eventual fifth.

John Laverty lifted himself back into the top six overall with a solid run to sixth, the Buildbase Kawasaki rider replacing Stuart Easton in the provisional showdown standings after the Swan Honda rider crashed on the kerbs on lap four.

Simon Andrews finished seventh on the MSS Colchester Kawasaki, ahead of Hill, Tommy Bridewell and Andrew Pitt.

Outside the top ten, James Ellison concluded a difficult day in 12th, while Hudson Kennaugh moved clear in the Evo standings after nearest rival Steve Brogan crashed at the start of the race.



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