Just hours after winning his maiden World Superbike victory, Ryuichi Kiyonari has completed the double at Brands Hatch after a mature display in defensive riding.

Resisting a sustained attack by Noriyuki Haga for the majority of the race, Kiyonari held his countryman at bay all the way until the chequered flag to complete a superb double win around the circuit that witnessed a British Superbike title on his previous visit.

Like the first race though, Kiyonari made is somewhat difficult for himself when he laboured off the line. Although his slip to fourth place was less damaging than it was in the first race, it still left him behind Troy Bayliss, Troy Corser and Noriyuki Haga

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There was disappointment for Yukio Kagayama, who had finished fourth in the first race, though after he came off at Druids. It was promptly followed up a lap later by Max Biaggi running straight on at Graham Hill Bend, thus eliminating two of the race one stars from the reckoning within the first two laps.

At the front, Haga was on the move, passing Yamaha team-mate Corser at Surtees for second and setting about closing the gap on Bayliss in the lead. Indeed, while Bayliss had looked comfortable out front for the first part of the race, he was unable to put up much of a fight against Haga when he swept past at Paddock Hill Bend at the start of lap seven.

From here, Bayliss looked to be a sitting duck, quickly losing second to Kiyonari - who had just passed Corser himself - and then having to fend off the attentions of his countryman, as well as an inspired Tom Sykes.

Pulling away as third place was disputed, Kiyonari was now beginning to put pressure on Haga and duly completed a clean move on lap nine at Paddock Hill Bend. Almost as quickly, Haga was back ahead when Kiyonari wobbled under brakes into Stirling, allowing Haga back through.

Kiyonari struck back though two laps later, simply drafting past the Yamaha down Hawthorn Hill and back into the lead. It would prove to be the critical manoeuvre.

Indeed, while Haga looked as though he was primed and ready for another attack on the white and green machine, he merely stayed close without attempting to make too much a concerted to get back past.

Indeed, Kiyonari was soaking up all the pressure Haga was throwing at him right up until the penultimate lap when Haga appeared to give up the fight and settle for second. Allowing Kiyonari to ease away to a two second win, his maximum points haul hauls him up to eighth in the overall standings.

Corser completed the podium for Yamaha after passing Bayliss and pulling away from Sykes. Bayliss slipped back gradually as the race continued, being passed by a number of rivals as he seemed to suffer from a debilitating issue. He would eventually finish 11th, although his second place in the first race means he actually increases his lead by three points.

Still, his closest challenger, Max Neukirchner, keeps his faint title hopes alive with feisty ride to fourth, the Suzuki rider picking off a number of competitors on the way to another strong result.

Fonsi Nieto was another to leave it late before forging his way up the order, passing Sykes and Michel Fabrizio over the final two laps to record his second top five finish of the day. Fabrizio finished sixth, although he had the joy of recording the fastest lap of the race, less than a hundredth behind the record lap set by James Toseland.

Sykes finished seventh after fading in the latter stages. Nonetheless, after the heartache of the first event, his superb showing this weekend will have certainly got the WSBK paddock sat up and watching the BSB contender.

Carlos Checa kept his points tally ticking over in eighth, ahead of Jakub Smrz, who once again couldn't make the most of his front row start on the way to ninth.

Lorenzo Lanzi rounded out the top ten ahead of the hobbled Bayliss, while a recovering Biaggi very nearly got his Ducati counterpart on the line for the second time today - albeit in the minor battle for 11th this time!

Gregorio Lavilla was in the points again in 13th, ahead of Roberto Rolfo, while a second 15th place of the day for Chris Walker signals a fair start to his World Superbike comeback.