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Hill tops warm up as Kiyo crashes spectacularly

Monday, April 25 2011

Swan Yamaha's Tommy Hill topped the hectic morning warm up session at Brands Hatch as defending champion Ryuichi Kiyonari suffered a high-speed crash ending his session in the final eight minutes at Clarke Curve.

Hill led early in the session, before race one pole-sitter Shane 'Shakey' Byrne topped the times with ten minutes remaining. The second HM Plant Honda of Kiyonari was running inside the top three, but the reigning champion suffered a dramatic crash at Clarke Curve which ended his session and the team are now working hard to rebuild the bike.

Josh Brookes was back at the front of the pack, leading the times with four minutes of the session remaining before Hill fired in a faster lap in the closing minutes. Samsung Crescent Racing's John Hopkins was running as high as second but ended in third, whilst Byrne remained inside the top four. Michael Laverty on the second Swan Yamaha completed the top five ahead of the opening race after edging ahead of Jon Kirkham and Michael Rutter on the Rapid Solicitors-Bathams Ducati. Kiyonari ended the session in tenth despite his crash.

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, Brands Hatch, warm up:

1.Tommy Hill (Swan Yamaha) 45.473s
2.Josh Brookes (Relentless Suzuki) +0.113s
3.John Hopkins (Samsung Crescent Racing) +0.200s
4.Shane Byrne (HM Plant Honda) +0.209s
5.Michael Laverty (Swan Yamaha) +0.222s
6.Jon Kirkham (Samsung Crescent Racing) +0.292s
7.Michael Rutter (Rapid Solicitors-Bathams Ducati) +0.442s
8.Stuart Easton (MSS Colchester Kawasaki) +0.449s
9.Gary Mason (MSS Colchester Kawasaki) +0.484s
10.Ryuichi Kiyonari (HM Plant Honda) +0.652s

Today's first BSB race starts at 13:00 today.

You can still purchase tickets for the Brands Hatch Easter opener of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship today (25 April) on the gate with raceday adult admission £30, children 12 and under go free. For further ticket information call 0843 453 9000 or click the link below.