Kiyo rules Silverstone

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Ryuichi Kiyonari is just one point behind British Superbike championship leader Gregorio Lavilla, following two race wins at Silverstone.

In race one Kiyonari led from the start, but lost out to Leon Haslam on the opening lap, as Jonathan Rea clung onto third from Michael Rutter and Gregorio Lavilla. The reigning champion suffered a moment which allowed Tommy Hill past on the Virgin Yamaha, but recovered to move back through the pack, and up to third past Rea.

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Michael Laverty and Shane Byrne both fell on lap five, but the biggest change was on lap seven, when Haslam fell out of the lead, handing it to Kiyonari. Behind him Rea started to push Lavilla, which allowed Karl Harris to join the battle. In the closing moments, Harris managed to overtake Rea as the young Red Bull rider had a major moment, which he was lucky to save. The final order was Kiyonari, Lavilla, Harris, Rea, Rutter.

The second race also saw a Kiyonari victory, with Lavilla taking second, and team-mate Haslam finishing third. From the start it was again Haslam and Kiyonari righting to the lead, as behind them Tommy Hill retired after a coming together with Rea.

Kiyonari and Lavilla both managed to force their way past Haslam, which was the order in which the race ended, with Shane Byrne battling his way past Jonthan Rea on the last lap. Karl Harris took sixth despite losing the front of his HM Plant Honda on lap fourteen, and saving it on his knee.

Privateer cup rider Chris Martin came home in 13th to take the 2006 Privateer Cup championship, which he dedicated in memory of his younger brother Ashley, who lost his life following a crash at Cadwell Park, earlier this year.

In British Supersport Cal Crutchlow took the win from Tom Sykes and Dennis Hobbs.

MCN Staff

By MCN Staff