HM Plant Honda's Ryuichi Kiyonari kept his head during a dramatic red flagged race two at Oulton Park, for the final round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, taking the race win and the lead in the Championship.
When the lights went out it was Michael Laverty on the Relentless Suzuki who took the hole-shot as the pack spilled down through Cascades. Tommy Hill on the Worx Crescent Suzuki wasn't settling for second and grabbed the lead at Lodge corner. The Suzuki battle wasn't over yet as Laverty regained the lead at Old Hall only for Hill to overhaul him once again at Lodge.
James Ellison on the Swan Honda was making waves moving into second place on lap three and the lead just one lap later as he put a brave move on Hill round the outside at Old Hall. With the Championship points in mind Hill made another lunge for the lead only for Ellison to take it straight back off him. It was at this point Kiyo got into the mix by passing Hill at Hizzy's chicane to take second place.
The next lap was to have a huge impact on the Championship as Hill moved back into second and wasted no time in going for the lead. Unfortunately, Hill tried to take the lead from Ellison on the run into Lodge when he tucked the front wheel, crashing out and taking Ellison with him.
Hill re-joined the race in 19th position but only managed a lap as he lost the rear tyre once again into Lodge corner. This time his Worx Crescent Suzuki didn't get off lightly as it burst into flames as it lay in the gravel.
Three other riders went down in the aftermath of Hill's crash, Pauli Pekkanen, Aaron Zanotti and Chris Burns all thankfully were unhurt. This incident brought out the red flag.
The re-start was over seven laps with the grid forming based on the rider's position when the red flag came out. Kiyo got the hole-shot from pole position and was never headed as his team-mate Josh Brookes hounded him for the lead. Stuart Easton on the second Swan Honda then made his presence felt by taking second place from Brooks at Hizzy's on the last lap.
Kiyo is now 15 points clear of Hill with one more race to go. Due to the one bike rule Hill's team are currently working hard to get his bike ready for the final showdown.
In the EVO class Steve Brogan aboard his Jentin BMW took the win from Hudson Kennaugh on the Splitlath Aprilia giving Brogan a nine point advantage in the title chase.
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