BSB: Kiyonari to return to action at Knockhill

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Ryuichi Kiyonari will return to action for the Bennetts Suzuki team as the fourth round of the 2016 MCE British Superbike championship gets underway at Knockhill this weekend.

The three-time champion broke his left collarbone in a heavy fall in practice last time out at Brands Hatch, ruling him out for the remainder of that weekend.

After a month’s recuperation at home in Japan, Kiyonari returned to the UK ahead of the Knockhill round and while he admits he’s not 100%, he’s says he’s fit enough to ride. However, that won’t be his decision. He will undergo a medical assessment before tomorrow’s first free practice where series’ doctors will make a call on whether he’s OK to race.  

“My collarbone is feeling strong. It’s not 100%, but I feel comfortable. In Japan I was in a hyperbaric chamber every day and also had laser treatment to speed up my recovery”, Kiyonari said.  “I feel strong enough and fit enough to ride. I have been training so everything should be okay. At Brands, before my crash, my feeling on the bike was very good. Even though I missed the Snetterton test I have great confidence in the team and the bike, and if my feeling is the same at Knockhill, then I think we can be near the front.”

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing