Kiyonari beats Hill

HM Plant Honda's Ryuichi Kiyonari beat Tommy Hill during the first race at Oulton Park, moving into second place in the Championship.
Ryuichi Kiyonari took a convincing win at Oulton Park and has moved into second in the Championship chase. He is now just ten points down on Tommy Hill who is currently leading the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship.

When the lights went out it was James Ellison on the Swan Honda who got the hole-shot with Hill aboard the Worx Crescent Suzuki giving chase in second place. Michael Laverty on the Relentless Suzuki slotted into third place ahead of Kiyo's HM Plant Honda.

Kiyo was soon on the move taking third place on the opening lap and set about catching the race leaders. By three laps in Kiyo was right on the back of Hill and one lap later he put a decisive move on him at Hizzy's chicane.

Michael Rutter the Ducati had been running in a healthy fifth place when he suffered a technical problem and pulled in at the hairpin on lap four.

Kiyo was gradually closing in on Ellison and on lap seven he got good drive out of Cascades and scythed past him at Island Bend to take the lead. Hill was not happy to settle for third place and muscled his way past Ellison at Lodge corner with just five laps of the 16 lap race left to run.

Hill closed down the gap to Kiyonari and looked set to try and pass at Lodge corner but Kiyo wasn't having any of it. The determined Japanese rider fended off Hill's advances to take the first win of the weekend and the full 25 points to aid his title chase.

Josh Brooks, team-mate to Kiyo, finished in fifth place and slipped down to third in the overall Championship standings.

The EVO battle went in favour of Hudson Kennaugh who just beat Championship leader Steve Brogan over the line. The Splitlath Aprilia rider was lucky to finish as he was shown the black and orange flag on the penultimate lap as his machine was smoking. With Kennaugh taking the win he is now just three points behind Brogan and his Jentin BMW team.

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Ryuichi Kiyonari - HM Plant Honda [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Jason O`Halloran, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Luke Mossey, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Peter Hickman, Smiths BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Tommy Bridewell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Bradley Ray, Buildbase Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Sylvain Guintoli, Bennetts Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Alastair Seeley, Tyco BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Lee Jackson, Smiths Racing BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Haslam, Byrne, Mossey, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]

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