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Old 10-19-2014, 02:00 PM   #1
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Kiyonari fractures left collarbone

Injury forces Kiyonari to withdraw from all three races

BUILDBASE BMW's Ryuichi Kiyonari was diagnosed with an undisplaced fracture of the left colarbone after crashing out of Free Practice three on Saturday and had to sit out all three British Superbike races this weekend.

The Japanese rider was determined not to give up, but despite resting in the hotel following treatment Kiyonari was forced to withdraw from race one at Brands Hatch on Saturday.

On Saturday, Kiyonari said: "I still can't believe what has happened. The crash happened so fast and I wasn't pushing too hard, but the data said that I had more acceleration than the lap before.

"I just think 'why now' and I am disappointed for today because we have worked hard to fight for the title, but I am not giving up yet because I can't, I have to try.

"I watched live timing today and now I am going to go to bed early and get up early and then visit the medical centre in the morning and try in warm up."

Despite his best efforts, Kiyonari had to make the decision not to race and instead watched his dream of winning the British Superbike Championship for a fourth time fade away.

Speaking about a difficult weekend, 32-year-old Kiyonari explained: "I'm feeling not too bad but my shoulder is very painful still.

"Yesterday was more difficult, last night I was sleeping very good, like nearly 10 hours no problem. But every time I woke up, I would remember that I made a very bad mistake and thought of many things, so last night was very hard. Yesterday was just hard.

"My shoulder is painful and it was very hard to decide what to do, it has been a hard time. It was not a nice decision, riding or not riding.

Concluding, Kiyonari said: "In the morning warm up I tried to ride but the conditions were not so good, then the next one, no, and then Shakey won the championship.

"This season has been unbelievable and every race I have enjoyed so I'm happy with that. The finish was unbelievable, I still can't believe it as it was not good - but I enjoyed this season."

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