By totalmotorcycle @KIYONARI BREAKS #COLLARBONE AT #BRANDSHATCH
Team Suzuki Press Office – May 20.
Ryuichi Kiyonari has suffered a broken collarbone after a fall on his Bennetts Suzuki GSX-R1000 at Graham Hill bend at Brands Hatch today.
The crash occurred during the second Free Practice session for the third round of the MCE British Superbike Championship, with the three-time champion losing the front at the downhill left-hander early in the session.
He will now miss the remainder of the weekend and will focus on getting fit for the fourth round at Knockhill in June.
It happened after Kiyonari had posted the fastest time of the session. As the session progressed, he relinquished the top spot on the timesheets, but such was the Japanese rider’s pace around the Brands Hatch Indy circuit, it was still enough to claim fourth place by the end of the session.
Said Kiyonari: “I’m very disappointed because I was feeling really good and really fast on my bike, but unfortunately I made a small mistake and it has ended my weekend. I didn’t have enough load on the front as I braked for turn three, and it tucked underneath me. It’s gone from upright, which is why I went down quite hard and have fractured my collarbone. It is a shame because I set a quick time quite early in the session and maybe could have gone faster, I wasn’t pushing too much from the start, so it is a real shame. I’m sorry for the team because I was feeling confident and they were working hard. Now I will focus on getting fit for the next round. There is a bit of time and I’m hoping to be back for a test at Snetterton, but definitely for Knockhill.”
Team Owner Martin Halsall added: “This is a tough …read more