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Kiyonari Snatches BSB Pole, Three Aussies Inside Top Ten At Donington

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Ryuichi Kiyonari snatched the first pole position of the 2015 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship season from James Ellison in a frantic Datatag Extreme Qualifying session at Donington Park ahead of the 2015 opening races.

Kiyonari had set the pace after the opening day yesterday, but reigning champion Shane 'Shakey' Byrne had held the edge in the final morning free practice. The Buildbase BMW rider was instantly on the attack and displaced Ellison from the top spot, despite the JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider upping the pace again in the closing stages.

"I am very happy to be on pole, because I was very nervous before the start of the session. For sure, tomorrow is more important, but we are in a good place now for the races. I want to keep improving all the time, so we will push more tomorrow." Kiyonari said.

Byrne was fighting to wrestle the pole position away from his Japanese rival, but the injured reigning champion had to settle for third to complete the front row for PBM Kawasaki.

Josh Brookes fired the Milwaukee Yamaha into fourth to head the second row from the second PBM Kawasaki of Stuart Easton with Danny Buchan and the Be Wiser Kawasaki team completing the second row on their debut.

Peter Hickman clawed his way up to seventh onboard the RAF Reserves BMW as he moved ahead of Broc Parkes, who overcame a Q1 crash at Redgate to qualify eighth on the second Milwaukee Yamaha. Dan Linfoot and Billy McConnell completed the top ten for Honda Racing and Smiths BMW respectively.

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, Donington Park, Datatag Qualifying result:
1. Ryuichi Kiyonari (Buildbase BMW) 1m:29.455s
2. James Ellison (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +0.029s
3. Shane Byrne (PBM Kawasaki) +0.204s
4. Josh Brookes (Milwaukee Yamaha) +0.270s
5. Stuart Easton (PBM Kawasaki) +0.603s
6. Danny Buchan (Be Wiser Kawasaki) +0.645s
7. Peter Hickman (RAF Reserves BMW) +0.867s
8. Broc Parkes (Milwaukee Yamaha) +0.913s
9. Dan Linfoot (Honda Racing) +0.927s
10. Billy McConnell (Smiths Racing BMW) +1.078s

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