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Croft British Superbikes: Kiyonari does the double

By Angus Farquhar -

British Superbikes

 12 August 2007 15:48

Ryuichi Kiyonari has done the double at Croft British Superbikes after stretching out a near three second lead to take race two.

The podium was an exact replica of race one with Jonathan Rea taking second and Tom Sykes in third.

Kiyo came out of the first corner in sixth place but by the end of lap four he had moved up to second behind teammate Jonathan Rea after some incredible block passes on the last corner hairpin.

His first attempt saw him go through on Leon Haslam so harshly he waved an apology afterwards but he did exactly the same thing next lap to take both Cal Crutchlow and Tom Sykes.

By the end of lap six he had passed Rea as well leaving the way clear for him to develop an impressive three second lead.

Kiyo did admit after the race though that he slowed down in the last four laps for fear of crashing and repeating his record from the last two rounds.

The second race was full of crashes with Tommy Hill managing to highside out on just the second corner. Chris Walker tried to come up the inside of Karl Harris at the hairpin but Harris closed the gap and both slid out - Walker remounted but Harris had to crawl off the track.

Cal Crutchlow looked as though he might take another fourth place until he ran wide on the penultimate corner and had to ditch the bike before hitting the barrier. He managed to rejoin in 13th.

Kiyonari now has a 26 point lead over Rea in the championship but the next round is Cadwell Park where Kiyo said it is doubtful he will win.

Positions:

  1. Ryuichi Kiyonari
  2. Jonathan Rea
  3. Tom Sykes
  4. Gregorio Lavilla
  5. Leon Camier
  6. Leon Haslam
  7. Shane Byrne
  8. Michael Rutter
  9. Simon Andrews
  10. Chris Walker
  11. Scott Smart
  12. Dean Thomas
  13. Cal Crutchlow
  14. Aaron Zanotti
  15. James Buckingham
  16. Marty Nutt
  17. Alex Camier
  18. Tom Tunstall
  19. Malcolm Ashley
  20. Keith Amor
  21. Paul Barron
  22. Ryan Rainey

DNF

  • Chris Martin
  • Karl Harris
  • Tristan Palmer
  • TOmmy Hill
  • Neil Faulkner