Just one of the four BSB starts at Knockhill for Round 6 of the British Superbike series. Three resulted in eventual red flags.
How bad was the weather at Knockhill for British Superbike? HM Plant Honda’s Josh Brookes illustrates.
The first race of the planned doubleheader got started with Brookes jumping out front, but the contest was soon red flagged thanks to heavy rain. On the restart, Kiyonari took the early advantage, but once again the racing was stopped when the red flag came out after Yamaha’s Dan Linfoot crashed on Lap 2, taking Suzuki’s Chris Walker out in the process.
The third start proved the charm, with Brookes and Kiyonari once again stepping out to the early lead with Rutter close behind. Rutter and Kiyonari diced it out for second, with the Japanese rider and former two-time BSB champ getting the better in the opening laps. Kiyonari then managed to get around his teammate for the lead, with Rutter soon dispatching Brookes as well. The two riders dueled for the checkers, but ‘King Kiyo’ couldn’t fend off the advances of ‘The Blade’ and Rutter made his way around the Honda for his first victory of 2010.
Brookes held onto the final rostrum position, with the Relentless Suzuki duo of Michael Laverty and Alastair Seeley taking the four and five spots. The points leader heading into Knockhill, Worx Cresent Suzuki rider Tommy Hill forfeited his title advantage with a disappointing eighth-place result.
Race 2 got underway but was red flagged after MSS Colchester Kawasaki rider Simon Andrews crashed. Scheduled to restart, the race was eventually called due to the worsening weather conditions, which included strong wind gusts.
The shortened weekend saw Brookes vault ahead of Hill for the Superbike points lead, the HM Plant rider enjoying a slim four-point advantage. Ryuichi Kiyonari, gained ground on both Hill and his teammate, Brookes, is now 18 points adrift of the leader.
The next round of the British Superbike Championship will be at Snetterton on July 16-18, with three Superbike races planned for the weekend.
2010 British Superbike Knockhill Race 1 Results:
1. Michael Rutter (Ducati)
2. Ryuichi Kiyonari (Honda)
3. Josh Brookes (Honda)
4. Michael Laverty (Suzuki by TAS)
5. Alastair Seeley (Suzuki by TAS)
6. John Laverty (Kawasaki)
7. Simon Andrews (Kawasaki)
8. Tommy Hill (Suzuki)
9. Gary Mason (Kawasaki)
10. Chris Walker (Suzuki)
11. Andrew Pitt (Yamaha)
12. Gary Johnson (Suzuki)
13. David Johnson (Kawasaki)
14. Christian Iddon (Honda)
15. Tom Tunstall (Honda)
2010 British Superbike Championship Points:
1. Josh Brookes, 166
2. Tommy Hill, 162
3. Ryuichi Kiyonari, 148
4. Michael Laverty, 146
5. Michael Rutter, 139
6. John Laverty, 108
7. Alastair Seeley, 101
8. Stuart Easton, 92
9. Chris Walker, 65
10. Martin Jessopp, 57