Michael Rutter and Ryuichi Kiyonari rounded off a memorable debut weekend for HM Plant Honda Racing by placing two CBR1000RR Fireblades on the podium for the second time in as many races.

After his commanding first race performance, Rutter was eager to gain a repeat result in race two. A poor start made this task even harder for the experienced campaigner, but he rapidly worked his way back up to challenge John Reynolds for the lead.

Reynolds certainly did not have it easy. Kiyonari showed him the way around the 2.2-mile International circuit for the opening stages of the race. And even when Reynolds slipped into the lead, the 21-year-old former MotoGP rider refused to let him get away.

Rutter soon joined the fray - shattering his own lap record on the way - and the 23,500-strong crowd were treated to some spectacular fairing-to-fairing action as the trio battled it out for supremacy. Once past his team-mate, Rutter looked certain to overhaul Reynolds until he locked the rear wheel on the way into a corner and ran wide, allowing Kiyonari to slip back into second place. Both riders were reeling in Reynolds when they passed the chequered flag 12 seconds clear of fourth-placed Sean Emmett.

HM Plant Honda Racing's 100 per cent rostrum record represented an amazing start to the season. The HRC-prepared CBR1000RR Fireblade is currently the bike to beat, Rutter now leads the British Superbike Championship and his newcomer team-mate has already earned his first Sky Sports BSB Rider of the Day award.

"I normally get good starts, but that was one of my worst ever," said Rutter of his shocking departure from the line at Silverstone. "It was my fault, but I couldn't believe the position I ended up in. Everyone was on the gas and I had to work pretty hard to get past them, but I was able pick them off one at a time."

After working through the field Rutter finally had veteran Reynolds in view. "I had JR in my sights but I made a mistake and didn't have time to catch him again," Rutter explained. "I'd like to have won both races, but I've got to be happy with the way things have gone on our first outing."

For team-mate Ryuichi Kiyonari it was a very good British Superbike debut. "I am very happy to make second place again," said the Japanese rider. "I think I could have won, but my set-up was not quite right for the race. I am also very honoured that I was given the champagne for being Rider of the Day. I think that we had some good racing today and I hope that the fans enjoyed it as much I did."

 

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