Knockhill BSB: Kiyonari escapes to BMW’s first BSB win

Ryuichi Kiyonari gives BMW its first-ever British Superbike Championship win at Knockhill after a truly dominant ride to victory.
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BMW has broken its long awaited MCE British Superbike Championship victory duck after Ryuichi Kiyonari converted pole position into a dominant race win at Knockhill.

Coming into the race looking to at least score BMW's first BSB podium since it first entered the series in 2010, Kiyonari needn't have concerned himself with such a modest target as he got the hole-shot into turn one and simply pulled away thereafter.

His 44th career BSB win but his first win since 2011, Kiyonari's victory also marks a momentous occasion for the Buildbase outfit, which has run BMW's official UK effort since the same year.

A poor getaway put paid to Shane Byrne's challenge as he rounded the first corners in fifth place, but he would steadily work his way up to second place, helped along the way by a controversial clash between Stuart Easton and James Ellison, the former's robust attempt at a pass around the hairpin sending the GBmoto Kawasaki rider – who had scored a podium in all six races so far this year – skating off track.

Byrne would work his way up to second place by lap nine, but had no opportunity to do anything about Kiyonari who continued to lap faster than any other rider right to the chequered flag, winning by almost five seconds.

His clash with Ellison notwithstanding, Easton held onto a strong third place, fending off the charge of Josh Brookes, who slipped from second to fifth in quick succession mid-way through the race before steadily picking his way back up the order. However, fourth leaves Brookes without a podium credit for the second race in succession.

Similarly, Chris Walker had a Milwaukee Yamaha to fend off in the form of Tommy Bridewell but would give the GBmoto team a boost to hold onto fifth place, ahead of the ever-consistent Dan Linfoot on the Quattro Plant Kawasaki in seventh.

Securing the first top ten finish for the WD-40 Kawasaki team, Barry Burrell was a fine eighth across the line, leading John Hopkins and Kiyonari's team-mate James Westmoreland, the latter forced to start from the pit lane after a problem on the sighting lap.

Completing the points' paying positions, Richard Cooper, Jakub Smrz, Michael Rutter, Peter Hickman and Keith Farmer secured digits down to 15th.

As well Ellison, Josh Waters was a faller out of the top ten, along with Aaron Zanotti and John

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Ryuichi Kiyonari Buildbase BMW Motorrad -
Jake Dixon, RAF Reserves Kawasaki [Credit: MSV BSB Media]
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]
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]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]

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June 29, 2014 3:15 PM

So happy for this guy!!!! After the last couple years he has had...this is a just reward for his efforts...hope race 2 is the same....actually hopes he challenges for more in the remaining season.... Could you imagine a title tilt? That would be great to see a return to form as opposed to a 1 track standout...

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