Ryuichi Kiyonari has blamed the lack of front tyre consistency for his frustrating performances at Brands Hatch in the second round of the MCE British Superbike season.

The Buildbase BMW rider secured a pair of fourth place finishes at the Indy circuit but was pushed out of the rostrum places in both races by Shane Byrne and Josh Brookes. The three-time BSB champion says he lost momentum in the second half of both races after suffering badly from tyre degradation.

"Today I had a problem with too much corner entry speed," Kiyonari said. "After ten laps my front tyre was finished, it was so hard to ride. The rear was comfortable with but the front stopped turning and made it difficult."

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Despite Kiyonari's tyre problems he feels much more relaxed on his S1000RR after a disastrous season opener at Donington Park, where he struggled to a 14th and a DNF.

"I was able to understand the bike more and more during the races because I could learn in the competition and riding together. I am clearer on where I am weaker and stronger," he reflected. "Today has been a good day for rest of season because now I understand my bike better. I'm still trying to improve myself and my riding."