Triple MCE Insurance British Superbike champion Ryuichi Kiyonari returned to winning ways at Knockhill for the first time since 2011 as the Japanese rider made history by securing BMW's first win in the series.
Kiyonari had crashed out of warm up this morning at the Scottish circuit, but he was back to his best for the race and hit the front of the field on the opening lap after rocketing off the pole position. The chasing pack was headed by Josh Brookes, Stuart Easton, James Ellison and Shane 'Shakey' Byrne as the riders jostled for the early positions.
Ellison was pushing to move ahead of Easton and he went for a move on the inside at the Hairpin just a lap later, but the pair made contact and the Lloyds British GBmoto Racing Kawasaki slid off out of contention ending his run of podium finishes.
At the front Kiyonari was showing the form that has taken him to three MCE BSB titles and was edging out a gap as his rivals shifted positions in their quest for the all-important podium credits. Byrne was looking to make a move and he dived down the inside of his Scottish team-mate at the Hairpin and then had his sights set on Brookes ahead of him in second.
Brookes was holding off Byrne but the championship leader wasn't giving up without a fight, pushing ahead at the Hairpin on the ninth lap to move second, whilst Easton also took advantage to pass the Milwaukee Yamaha on the drag up over the hill into turn one.
The lone Lloyds British GBmoto Racing Kawasaki of Chris Walker then saw his opportunity and he pushed Brookes back to sixth a lap later on the run into the Hairpin. The Australian though wasn't settling for that and made the same pass on the 'Stalker' in the final stages.
Byrne couldn't close Kiyonari in the final stages as the team celebrated their first win of the season and a historic first for BMW, with their best results to date a brace of fourth places. Easton held on to third despite some last lap pressure from Brookes as he scored his first top three finish of the season.
Walker held off Tommy Bridewell over the closing laps to score fifth with Dan Linfoot in seventh place. Team WD-40 had their best result of the season in eighth place ahead of John Hopkins and James Westmoreland, who carved his was through to tenth after a pitlane start.
1 Ryuichi Kiyonari (Buildbase BMW)
2 Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) 4.861s
3 Stuart Easton (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) +5.908s
4 Josh Brookes (Milwaukee Yamaha) +6.143s
5 Chris Walker (Lloyds British GBmoto Racing Kawasaki) +7.819s
6 Tommy Bridewell (Milwaukee Yamaha) +7.885s
7 Dan Linfoot (Quattro Plant Kawasaki) +16.302s
8 Barry Burrell (Team WD-40 Kawasaki) +17.270s
9 John Hopkins (Tyco Suzuki) +17.356s
10 James Westmoreland (Buildbase BMW) +23.135s
Watch highlights of the British Superbike races from Knockhill Wednesday 8pm on ITV4