Kiyonari Returns To Form With Knockhill Pole


Ryuichi Kiyonari sprung a surprise on Saturday at Knockhill to claim his first British Superbike pole position for four years. The three-time champion showed something like his best form to edge out championship frontrunners Josh Brookes and Shane Byrne in the closest Datatag Extreme Qualifying session of the year so far.

Provisional pole position switched hands constantly throughout the final qualifying session with Kiyonari leading at the halfway mark, only to be usurped by Brookes on the Milwaukee Yamaha. With a couple of minutes remaining, Stuart Easton threatened a shock pole for the Scottish rider on Scottish soil with a 48.172 but his joy was short-lived as Brookes bounced back to the top.

With a 48.116 on the board, Brookes called it a day and returned to the pitlane and he was in for a nasty shock when Kiyonari completed his final lap, the BMW rider sneaking under Josh’s time by four thousandths of a second.

Kiyonari currently lies twelve points off the showdown positions and confident of making inroads tomorrow if his race pace matches his qualifying performance.

“I am very happy and feel confident with the bike that I can push on. I did faster laps, then went back some places and then on the last lap I knew I had to push and just thought ‘go’. We will push hard tomorrow and hopefully we can win, or at least be on the podium. I will try one hundred percent again for the races.”

Shane Byrne completes the front row for tomorrow ahead of his teammate Easton with James Ellison well placed to maintain his 100% podium record from fifth. James Westmoreland qualified sixth with Tommy Bridewell right behind but despite setting the seventh fastest time, the Milwaukee Yamaha rider will be demoted to tenth as punishment for ignoring a black and orange flag in FP3, pushing Jakub Smrz, Chris Walker and Michael Rutter up a place each.

 

2014 MCE INSURANCE BRITISH SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP – ROUND 4: KNOCKHILL
DATATAG EXTREME QUALIFYING CLASSIFICATION
POS RIDER BIKE TEAM TIME
1  23. RYUICHI KIYONARI BMW BUILDBASE BMW MOTORRAD 48.112
2  3. JOSH BROOKES YAMAHA MILWAUKEE YAMAHA 48.116
3  67. SHANE BYRNE KAWASAKI RAPID SOLICITORS KAWASAKI 48.130
4  5. STUART EASTON KAWASAKI RAPID SOLICITORS KAWASAKI 48.172
5  77. JAMES ELLISON KAWASAKI LLOYDS BRITISH GBMOTO KAWASAKI 48.207
6  27. JAMES WESTMORELAND BMW BUILDBASE BMW MOTORRAD 48.297
7  96. JAKUB SMRZ DUCATI MILLSPORT DUCATI 48.326
8  9. CHRIS WALKER KAWASAKI LLOYDS BRITISH GBMOTO KAWASAKI 48.562
9  11. MICHAEL RUTTER BMW BATHAMS PRIZE WINNING ALES 48.681
10  46. TOMMY BRIDEWELL YAMAHA MILWAUKEE YAMAHA PENALTY
ELIMINATED IN Q2
11  7. BARRY BURRELL KAWASAKI TEAM WD40 48.608
12  4. DAN LINFOOT KAWASAKI QUATTRO PLANT KAWASAKI 48.619
13  21. JOHN HOPKINS SUZUKI TYCO SUZUKI 48.640
14  24. PATRIC MUFF BMW BATHAMS PRIZE WINNING ALES 48.759
15  47. RICHARD COOPER KAWASAKI ANVIL HIRE TAG RACING 48.809
16  12. JOSH WATERS SUZUKI TYCO SUZUKI 48.900
17  60. PETER HICKMAN HONDA RAF RESERVES HONDA 49.068
18  303. KEITH FARMER KAWASAKI PR RACING KAWASAKI 49.152
ELIMINATED IN Q1
19  43. HOWIE MAINWARING KAWASAKI QUATTRO PLANT KAWASAKI 49.034
20  64. AARON ZANOTTI SUZUKI GGH/STEL SUZUKI 49.052
21  10. JON KIRKHAM KAWASAKI TSINGTAO WK KAWASAKI 49.111
22  15. BEN WILSON KAWASAKI GEARLINK KAWASAKI 49.203
23  8. IAN HUTCHINSON YAMAHA FFX YAMAHA 49.285
24  56. JOHN INGRAM KAWASAKI MORELLO RACING 49.322
25  20. JENNY TINMOUTH HONDA TWR 50.055
26  50. HARRY HARTLEY KAWASAKI HALSALL BIKE GEAR NO TIME