Rizla one-two, Reynolds wins first race.

John Reynolds won the first race in the ninth round of the British Superbike championship at Mallory Park from Suzuki team mate Yukio Kagayama. Pole sitter Scott Smart finished in third in front of Honda rider Ryuichi Kiyonari.

John Reynolds got a terrible start from third on the grid and was swallowed by the field. He battled back to take the lead from his flying team mate with only five laps to the end.

Kagayama got a great start from his ninth place and entered the first corner in fourth. He then battled to the front and led the race for most of the latter half. It was not to be Yuki-san's day as championship leader Reynolds took him.

The Japanese rider immediately tried to come back at the Nottingham based rider but Reynolds made sure there were no gaps for him to be passed with.

Pole man Smart led for the first few laps but fell back down to fourth, being taken by Yuki and Haydon on the same corner on lap 14. JR then slipped through to relegate Smart to fourth. However Smart was able to take back Haydon during the latter half of the race to finish a final third.

Haydon looked strong in the early stages, contesting Smart for third for much of the race. Towards the end he seemed to struggle coming out of corners with tank slappers, this allowed Kiyonari to slip through to take the fourth spot.

21-year-old Kiyonari is showing a great return to form following his broken collarbone sustained earlier in the season. It has taken Kiyonari a few meetings to get back on the pace but is now showing his best form yet this season.

Kiyonari's team mate, Rutter, needed to finish ahead of Reynolds to try and claw back some points on the championship leader. Rutter got an exemplary start and moved into second, from fourth on the grid, during the first lap.

However as the race progressed he was swallowed by the field due to rear tyre grip problems. Rutter seemed to have the wrong compound rear which saw him spinning up out of the slower corners on the track.

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John Reynolds, Rizla Suzuki GSXR
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Christian Iddon, Bennetts Suzuki, BSB [Credit: Halsall Racing Suzuki]
Josh Waters (AUS), Bennetts Suzuki, BSB [Credit: Bennetts Halsall Suzuki]
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Christian Iddon, Bennetts Suzuki, BSB [Credit:]
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