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Kiyonari steals race one.

Ryuichi Kiyonari on the HM Plant Honda took his fourth win of the season at the eighth round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Knockhill in Scotland.

Last time here Kiyo did the double and after his strong performance in race one he could well do it again. Second place went to Shane Byrne on the Rizla Suzuki who admitted that he is frustrated with the result as he felt he had the pace to take the win. However with the track temperatures increasing tyre management become paramount and it had an affect on both Byrne and Leon Haslam who finished third.

Haslam on his Airwaves Ducati lead the bulk of the race however on lap twenty five Kiyo powered by him on the start finish and completed the move on the brakes into turn one. He wasn't about to let his opportunity for a win slip away and tried to dive under Kiyonari at the hairpin but unfortunately out braked himself allowing Byrne through to second place.

Championship leader Gregorio Lavilla had a bad day at the office running wide at the hairpin and then suffering an electrical fault which caused his Ducati to cut out. He was able to reset his bike and get it going again, rejoining the action in twenty third place. Keen to not miss out on championship points he worked hard to get up the field and come home in eleventh place.

Michael Rutter on the Stobart Honda wasn't having much luck either, he ran straight on at the hairpin. He also rejoined in a lowly eighteenth place and pulled his way forward to finish thirteenth.

BSB race results (1) – Knockhill:

1. Ryuichi Kiyonari
2. Shane Byrne
3. Leon Haslam
4. Johnny Rea
5. Michael Laverty
6. Craig Coxhell
7. Karl Harris
8. Tommy Hill
9. Glen Richards
10. Scott Smart


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