British Superbikes: Wins for Shane Byrne and Ryuichi Kiyonari at Knockhill
Last Updated: 29/06/14 7:09pm
Ryuichi Kiyonari narrowly missed out on a British Superbike Championship double on Sunday at Knockhill.
The Japanese rider returned to winning ways for the first time since 2011 in the opening race but was denied in a thrilling finish by series leader Shane Byrne later in the afternoon.
Kiyonari, riding for Buildbase BMW, did not have the best preparation for the opening race, suffering a fall in morning practice, but he was back to his best in the race and rocketed away from pole position.
And that was all he needed to lead throughout and beat Byrne's Kawasaki by the best part of five seconds with Byrne's team-mate Stuart Easton third and Josh Brookes back in fourth for Yamaha.
Byrne and Kiyonari settled down to a duel in the second race but this time it was the Briton who took the lead into the opening bend and make Kiyonari chase his exhaust.
But Kiyonari was up for the fight and the pair almost touched on a number of occasions before he took the lead and set about making it a dream day.
Byrne made the most of a dramatic high-side from Kiyonari to regain the lead but his advantage was dwindling all the way to the line, which he crossed less than two-tenths of a second in front.
Chris Walker took third for Kawasaki with Brookes matching his result from the first race back in fourth.