Ryuichi Kiyonari says he is still struggling to find a winning formula with his Buildbase BMW and is desperate to avoid any more crashes during his bid to jump into the Showdown spots.

The three-time MCE British Superbike champion broke a four race streak of failing to score a single point in race two at Knockhill with a fourth place finish and closed the gap to 32 points between himself and a top six spot.

But Kiyonari suffered yet another crash in race one at the Scottish circuit - the track which hosted the revival of his 2014 challenge when he grabbed a win and second place finish - and the Japanese rider says he can't afford anymore offs if he is to stand a chance of making the Showdown.

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"This weekend hasn't been too bad but at Brands Hatch I must make no mistake and no crashes," Kiyonari said. "I'm not thinking about the championship just yet, I just want to win. I will push. Race one I had a mistake but now I must have no more crashes."

Reflecting on his race weekend as a whole, he felt he was able to find some small steps forward on Saturday which began to translate itself into consistency during the races, despite his race one DNF.

"This weekend was very difficult, much like the last four rounds," Kiyonari said. "Yesterday we found some solutions to our problems and we improved but it wasn't easy. Every session has been getting better and better and we are finding some consistency."

Kiyonari will now fly to his homeland for an official test ahead of the Suzuka 8 Hours endurance race where he will make his debut on Suzuki machinery alongside Noriyuki Haga and Yukio Kagayama.