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Hill takes 'Virgin' win at Cadwell.

Tommy Hill kept his head to take the first Bennetts British Superbike win of his career in the opening race at Cadwell Park.

The Virgin Mobile Samsung Yamaha rider was in third place for the bulk of the race, however he was gifted the lead when the battling Airwaves Ducati riders ran each other off track.

Pole sitter Leon Haslam lead until lap sixteen when his team-mate, Gregorio Lavilla - who had been shadowing him all race - took the lead at Barn Corner. Not wanting to lose out to his team-mate, Haslam put a move on Lavilla at Park, ran in too hot and pushed them both wide and onto the grass. Neither rider fell but it lost them a lot of time – Lavilla came over the line in second however Haslam wasn't so lucky and finished sixth.

The HM Plant Honda riders also had a tough time out on track, with Ryuichi Kiyonari coming home in sixth and Rutter taking eighth. Lavilla's second place finish means he is now in second place in the championship race, ahead of Kiyo by two points and twenty three behind Rutter.

The Rizla Suzuki team once again had mixed fortunes. James Haydon got a good start but lost a lot of places in the first turn, although he dug deep and battled from twelfth to seventh to finish ahead of championship leader Rutter. His team-mate and current British Champion, John Reynolds wasn't happy with his finish in twelfth place. He was running in twelfth, then ran on at the chicane and rejoined in twentieth before battling back through the field.

The was a three rider pile up at the first corner when Steve Brogan, Chris Burns and Jon Kirkham crashed out. Burns has a suspected broken wrist and is unlikely to race in the second race, it seems like his luck is going from bad to worse. Two other fallers were Johnny Rea and Steve Plater. Plater and his Hydrex Honda managed to collect Rea on the Red Bull Honda on the run into the Mountain. Rea was very disappointed as he was running at a good pace along with Rutter and was planning an attack towards the end of the race. Karl Harris was pleased to be the first Honda home, but he wasn't happy with his excursion across the grass at Park which cost him a lot of time.

There were two non starters – Scott Smart due to his broken collar bone and Dennis Hobbs who had an operation on Sunday night after a crash during second qualifying.

BSB race one – Cadwell:

1. Tommy Hill
2. Gregorio Lavilla
3. Glen Richards
4. Karl Harris
5. Ryuichi Kiyonari
6. Leon Haslam
7. James Haydon
8. Michael Rutter
9. Dean Thomas
10. James Buckingham C


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