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Rutter and Kagayama take BSB wins as Reynolds crashes

Rutter and Kagayama take BSB wins as Reynolds crashes

Rutter and Kagayama take BSB wins as Reynolds crashes

Michael Rutter and Yukio Kagayama took the victories in a dramatic eleventh round of the THINK! British Superbike Championship at Cadwell Park which produced double race blues for series leading John Reynolds on Monday.

The Rizla Suzuki rider, hoping to build on his 50 points advantage in the title stakes, crashed out of the opener early on the in the opener in which Rutter, leading throughout took his sixth victory of the season.

That success halved Reynolds's lead, though Rutter admitted his team-mate Ryuichi Kiyonari had been "nice" to him as they ran lane astern throughout. "There are no team-orders, and he was close behind all of the time.

Kagayama came through to take an emotional third, but there was even better for the Japanese rider who in the corresponding round last year had sustained life threatening injuries in a horror crash at the Lincolnshire circuit.

A heavy shower minutes before the scheduled start of the race had left the riders with a gamble on tyre selection – Kagayama was spot on and he led throughout to take a highly popular victory.

"Here there are bad memories – I had a nearly fatal accident here, but now, the memories and the feelings are good. This is a special win for me, and this is a special circuit for me for all reasons. I am much happy now," smiled Kagayama, who consolidated his fourth place in the overall standings.

Scott Smart held onto second place, ahead of Sean Emmett while Reynolds struggled into eighth: "I had the same tyres as Yukio but every time I tried to push, I nearly lost the front and could have crashed again.

Rutter was meanwhile was out of the action. He had opted to race on full-wet tyres and was forced out of the race at half distance to leave him trailing Reynolds by 33 points with two rounds remaining.

Latest standings – THINK! British Superbike Championship – Round 11

1 John Reynolds 370
2 Michael Rutter 337
3 Scott Smart 296
4 Yukio Yagayama 290
5 Sean Emmett 262
6 Ryuichi Kiyonari 170
7 James Haydon 155
8 Dean Thomas 155
9 Tommy Hill 116
10 Gary Mason 100

MotoGP, 2004

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