Brands Hatch World Superbikes: Ryuichi Kiyonari does the double

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Hannspree Honda rider Ryuichi Kiyonari has taken his first WSB double at Brands Hatch.

Xerox Ducati rider Troy Bayliss led at the beginning of the race, but Noriyuki Haga had caught him by lap six and was in the lead.

From there Troy Bayliss went backwards, eventually finishing the second race in a disappointing 11th onboard his facory Ducati 1098, five places behind his team-mate Michel Fabrizio.

By lap seven reigning BSB champion Ryuichi Kiyonari was up to second behind fellow countryman and factory Yamaha rider Noriyuki Haga.

Rizla Suzuki BSB rider Tom Sykes had a great race, moving up to fourth in front of Troy Bayliss on lap 16, but he was unable to hold off the charging riders behind him.

Sykes eventually finished an impressive seventh, ahead of Hannspree Ten Kate Honda rider Carlos Checa.

Haga and Kiyo then broke away from the rest of the riders to fight it out for the top spot.

After some very brave overtaking from both riders, Kiyonari managed to hold an overtake on lap 11 and Haga was unable to regain the lead.

Max Neukirchner had a late charge, passing Bayliss, Sykes and Fabrizio to finish fourth behind Troy Corser.

1 23 Kiyonari R. (JPN) Honda CBR1000RR 36'14.904 (153,193 kph)
2 41 Haga N. (JPN) Yamaha YZF-R1 1.848
3 11 Corser T. (AUS) Yamaha YZF-R1 8.883
4 76 Neukirchner M. (GER) Suzuki GSX-R1000 11.180
5 10 Nieto F. (ESP) Suzuki GSX-R1000 12.928
6 84 Fabrizio M. (ITA) Ducati 1098 F08 13.696
7 66 Sykes T. (GBR) Suzuki GSX-R1000 13.872
8 7 Checa C. (ESP) Honda CBR1000RR 14.009
9 96 Smrz J. (CZE) Ducati 1098 RS 08 19.065
10 57 Lanzi L. (ITA) Ducati 1098 RS 08 19.864
11 21 Bayliss T. (AUS) Ducati 1098 F08 20.479
12 3 Biaggi M. (ITA) Ducati 1098 RS 08 20.621
13 36 Lavilla G. (ESP) Honda CBR1000RR 20.722
14 44 Rolfo R. (ITA) Honda CBR1000RR 24.512
15 9 Walker C. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 32.090
16 55 Laconi R. (FRA) Kawasaki ZX-10R 32.207
17 54 Sofuoglu K. (TUR) Honda CBR1000RR 32.815
18 100 Tamada M. (JPN) Kawasaki ZX-10R 33.648
19 194 Gimbert S. (FRA) Yamaha YZF-R1 35.382
20 94 Checa D. (ESP) Yamaha YZF-R1 44.866
21 86 Badovini A. (ITA) Kawasaki ZX-10R 53.969
22 88 Aoyama S. (JPN) Honda CBR1000RR 1'00.875
23 43 Pridmore J. (USA) Honda CBR1000RR 1'01.104
24 22 Morelli L. (ITA) Honda CBR1000RR 1'04.329
25 34 Kagayama Y. (JPN) Suzuki GSX-R1000
RET 31 Muggeridge K. (AUS) Honda CBR1000RR
RET 13 Iannuzzo V. (ITA) Kawasaki ZX-10R
RET 17 Palmer T. (GBR) Yamaha YZF-R1
RET 73 Zaiser C. (AUT) Yamaha YZF-R1

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Liam Marsden

By Liam Marsden

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