Buildbase BMW’s Ryuichi Kiyonari had a ‘disappointing’ end to his MCE British Superbike campaign, after a high-side on Friday meant that he missed all three races after breaking his collarbone.
With Kiyonari out of contention it paved the way for rival Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki’s Shane Byrne to take the title for a record breaking fourth time, leaving the triple champ feeling devastated on missing out on an historic opportunity.
But he blames himself for his ‘big mistake’ and for what has happened during the final free practice session. He did want to try and compete in both races today, but he was in too much pain, and didn’t want to cause further damage to his shoulder.
Kiyonari is trying not to be too negative about the weekend, and is already thinking ahead to challenge for the title once again in 2015. He will be with the same team, but on a new BMW machine, and is ready to hit the ground running in a few months time.
“Yesterday I made a big mistake, I high sided but I tried to hold on to the bike too long and I hit my shoulder and broke my collarbone and I am very disappointed," said Kiyo, speaking to bikesportnews.com this evening at the track.
“This year was so positive and I still finished second and I had some podiums and we had big chance to win the championship that’s why I am so disappointed – as not many people have this chance. That’s why I tried more than 100 percent, but before we started we were already finished.
“When Byrne crashed I hoped he would be OK but I was thinking if I am on the grid I might have a chance but I am completely disappointed in my performance, but if Byrne didn’t finish the race then it wouldn’t matter as I couldn’t ride – but it was so hard on Saturday. Now I am looking forward to 2015.”