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BSB: Kiyonari and Lavilla win at eventful Croft

BSB: Kiyonari and Lavilla win at eventful Croft

BSB: Kiyonari and Lavilla win at eventful Croft

Ryuichi Kiyonari and Gregorio Lavilla took the victories in a dramatic double race sixth round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Croft where the series leader Michael Rutter took a pair of second placings to maintain his grip on the crown.

Rutter, riding the HM Plant Honda, made good use of his pole start, charging clear, although Kiyonari was never far adrift, and when the leader missed a gear on the sixth lap at the hairpin, the 22 year old Japanese rider was through to take his sixth victory of the campaign as light rain fell.

"Very hard," smiled Kiyonari. "Very scary when wet here – hard to get ahead of Michael but then he made little mistake."

Rutter, characteristically honest summed it up: "I messed up –I'm disappointed to not win, but pleased with the points. I couldn't catch Kiyo in the conditions so decided to settle for a good finish and strong points."

Lavilla took third place in that race and then made the most of a re-started second race – heavy rain brought out the red flags after nine laps with Kiyonari leading from Rutter while the Spanish rider was back in sixth place.

On the restart, Lavilla made the early move, but then Glen Richards joined the front running scrap before Kiyonari nosed in front.

Then at the hairpin, Lavilla, sliding as he braked on the damp track barged his way ahead, and held on to take his second victory, while on the final lap Rutter edged ahead of Kiyonari.

"At least I've beaten Kiyo," smiled Rutter. "It was a case of keeping the bike upright, and overall I have only lost one point on the day to Lavilla – good for the championship, but I hope the next race is either wet or dry. These conditions are a bit of a lottery, but it was still a good race."

Kiyonari agreed: "very difficult race," while Lavilla was delighted: "Everyone fighting for position, passing people, very good."

Rutter leads Lavilla by 45 points in the championship, with Kiyonari a further eight points down, but there were no happy returns for defending champion John Reynolds on the Rizla Suzuki – he went down in the opening race and finished twelfth in the second.

MotoGP, 2005

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