Ryuichi Kiyonari is hoping to return to the MCE British Superbike Championship for the final round at Brands Hatch, despite being forced to sit out this weekend’s racing at Silverstone after damaging his shoulder in a motocross training accident.
The former champion has damaged the rotator cuff on a shoulder that has seen numerous breaks and injury over Kiyo’s racing career, and the midweek crash has left him with no strength and a lot of pain in the joint.
He told MCN: "This shoulder is very bad from many years of racing and many broken collarbones, and my shoulder is not so good either. I'm very disappointed not to be able to race. The physios here have helped me but there is still many big problems to be fixed with it."
Kiyonari was at Silverstone this morning (Friday) for medical assessments from the BSB medical team, who have helped assure him that there are no underlying damage to his shoulder.
Samsung Honda team boss Havier Beltram added: "It's reassuring for him that the medical assessment went well. Speaking to him this earlier in the week, he was really concerned, and thought that there was some underlying injury that hadn't been picked up, but now he seems a bit happier having seen the X-rays."
"Kiyo is a bit squeamish, and didn't really want to look at the x-rays, especially with all the screws and plates in there, but it's reassuring to him to see that there's no extra damage, and will hopefully help him to recover."
The plan is now for Kiyo to work with physios in order to be fit for the final round of the championship at Brands Hatch in two weeks.