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Silverstone BSB: Kiyo overcomes ‘difficult’ day to bag pole

Buildbase BMW’s Ryuichi Kiyonari overcame a free practice crash in wet conditions this morning to bag pole during the MCE British Superbike qualifying session at Silverstone. He lapped a 2’10.141 in drying conditions and was eight tenths quicker than title challenger, Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki’s Shane Byrne.

But even though he stormed to his second pole position of the year Kiyonari still found the session difficult, but it was not as scary out on the historic track as he thought it would be in mixed conditions. His crew have been working hard and their efforts paid off, as he out-paced every other rider in the field this afternoon.

“It was very difficult especially this morning as I crashed and I am disappointed with that as I tried to finish the session as I didn’t want to crash, but then I did a fast lap and high-sided,” said Kiyo at the circuit.


“After that I found qualifying in Q1 a bit scary, but it was not as scary as I thought. Then everything went well and I got the machine working well, and I am very happy. I don’t have a plan for tomorrow but I will push in every corner in every lap and I will push more than Assen to try and get the win.”

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