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Kiyonari returns to winning ways in BSB

Kiyonari returns to winning ways in BSB

Reigning Bennetts British Superbike champion Ryuichi Kiyonari got his title defence back on track at Silverstone in round three, by breaking Gregorio Lavilla's perfect record thus far in 2007.

Reigning Bennetts British Superbike champion Ryuichi Kiyonari got his title defence back on track at Silverstone in round three, by breaking Gregorio Lavilla's perfect record thus far in 2007.

The Japanese rider was victorious in both races at the legendary English circuit, where he also took the double last year. He was on pole for the opening 20 lap race and, after a difficult start in which Leon Haslam lead the way, finally made his way to the front at the midway stage where he stayed until the chequered flag.

Jonathan Rea, Kiyonari's HM Plant Honda team-mate, was second in race one, ahead of Chris Walker on his return to the BSB rostrum after a seven year drought.

Kiyonari also took the win in an abbreviated race two, which was red flagged on lap 14 after Steve Plater crashed out and left a dangerous slick of oil on the Silverstone asphalt. The Japanese rider had been leading from the start of the race, with the real excitement taking place behind him courtesy of Lavilla, Rea, Walker and Haslam.

Lavilla still leads the BSB championship on 131 points, with Kiyonari on 99 and Rea on 85. In the 125GP category, Kev Coghlan heads the standings after second place, following on from his World Championship wild card appearance in Turkey. Also in Istanbul just over a week ago, cheering on brother Eugene in the 250cc Grand Prix of Turkey, Michael Laverty maintains his lead at the top of the British Supersport championship.

The next round of the series takes place on May 7th at Oulton Park.

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MotoGP, 2007

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