Kiyonari breaks collarbone at Magny Cours test

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Hannspree Ten Kate Honda rider Ryuichi Kiyonari has suffered a broken right collarbone following a crash at the end of the second day of testing at Magny Cours on Friday.

The reigning British Superbike Champion who rode alongside Michael Schumacher on Thursday, high sided his Superbike exiting the Adelaide hairpin and was subsequently taken to Nevers hospital by ambulance.

It comes as a bitter blow to Kiyonari and his Ten Kate team following the Japanese riders sensational performances in recent races.

Despite the serious nature of the injury Kiyonari hasn’t ruled out racing at next weekends penultimate round of the championship at the French track.

Team manager Ronald Ten Kate said:

“It was on his second to last stint of the day when he crashed. It’s a clean break so it is still undecided whether he can race at Magny Cours at the weekend. Haga did something similar in America and then raced so it is possible, but we will have to wait and see. At the moment it is not like Kiyo San is fighting for the title so we will make a final decision nearer the time.”

Michael Guy

By Michael Guy

Sports Editor, former 250-racer and adventure rider