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Kiyo wins to take title lead as Hill sidelined

Sunday, October 10 2010

HM Plant Honda's Ryuichi Kiyonari has taken the lead in the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship standings ahead of the title-deciding final race later today as Title Fighter rival Tommy Hill was forced to watch from the sidelines after a crash in the opening part of the race.

Kiyonari said: "I am happy to win the race but I know that there is still another one to go before we can celebrate as it could still all change. I am feeling pretty nervous now and I hope that we can do the same as we did in this race to try and win the title."

There was drama in the first part of the race as the Title Fighters began to feel the pressure; Hill tried to take the lead from James Ellison at Lodge but crashed out and the pair went down into the gravel. Hill rejoined in nineteenth but just two laps later crashed at the same point for a second time and the Worx Crescent Suzuki was damaged beyond repair for the restart. The team are now working hard to get Hill back out on the grid for the final championship-deciding race as he lies fifteen points adrift of title leader Kiyonari.

Kiyonari started from pole and took the lead into Old Hall for the first time and put in a consistent performance to fend off team-mate Josh Brookes who shadowed him over the opening laps. Brookes then came under threat from Stuart Easton on the Swan Honda and it wasn't until the final lap that he was able to make a move, taking the advantage at Hizzy's chicane. Brookes held second but has now closed to within four points of Hill as the leading trio of Title Fighters target the coveted crown this afternoon.

Michael Rutter took fourth place ahead of Alastair Seeley as the pair remain static in fifth and sixth respectively in the overall standings, whilst Michael Laverty had to start from the back of the grid, but fought his way through to eighth just one place adrift of James Ellison who was forced to do the same after their crashes in the opening part of the race. Loris Baz on the Motorpoint Yamaha and Adam Jenkinson on the Buildbase Kawasaki rounded out the top ten.

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, Oulton Park, race two result:

1. Ryuichi Kiyonari (HM Plant Honda)
2. Stuart Easton (Swan Honda)
3. Josh Brookes (HM Plant Honda)
4. Michael Rutter (Ridersmotorcycles.com Ducati)
5. Alastair Seeley (Relentless Suzuki by TAS)
6. John Laverty (Buildbase Kawasaki)
7. James Ellison (Swan Honda) +11.474s
8. Michael Laverty (Relentless Suzuki by TAS) +14.902s
9. Loris Baz (Motorpoint Yamaha) +15.248s
10. Adam Jenkinson (Buildbase Kawasaki) +20.248s

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship standings after race two:

1. Ryuichi Kiyonari (HM Plant Honda) 624
2. Tommy Hill (Worx Crescent Suzuki) 609
3. Josh Brookes (HM Plant Honda) 605
4. Michael Laverty (Relentless Suzuki by TAS) 591
5. Michael Rutter (Ridersmotorcycles.com Ducati) 559
6. Alastair Seeley (Relentless Suzuki by TAS) 541

The second MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship race - the decider - gets underway at 16:35