Ryuichi Kiyonari has held up his hands and apologised to Shane Byrne for his part in their crash three laps from the finish in race two at Oulton Park.

The Buildbase BMW rider had been tussling for the lead with Byrne in the closing stages and attempted to cut down the inside of the PBM Kawasaki rider at the entrance to Hizzy's. However, Kiyonari misjudged the gap and clattered into the rear wheel of Byrne, sending the pair sprawling out of the race.

As a result, Byrne's team-mate Stuart Easton grabbed his first MCE British Superbike victory in five years and Kiyonari was left feeling distraught by his error.

"I'm so sorry to the team, to Shakey and his team, the fans, sponsors. It was my mistake," Kiyonari said. "In race two I was fast enough. I had much more confidence in the tyre as I knew how it worked in race one.

"At the end of the race the tyre was still good so I passed Shakey, he passed me and I thought I could get him back. I was enjoying the race but then I went in to the chicane a little bit too fast and hit Shakey."

The remorseful Kiyonari went over to the PBM Kawasaki garage to apologise in person and accepted full responsibility for the incident.

Despite his race two DNF the three-time BSB champion leaves Oulton Park holding on to the positives he discovered. Kiyonari's fifth place finish in race one meant he didn't walk away completely empty-handed and he feels his squad has uncovered a stronger race setup.

"This weekend was very good for me, apart from the crash," he added. "The bike has improved a lot, the team has worked very hard. Brands Hatch was better than Donington and this weekend has been better than Brands Hatch as we could fight at the front and now I know I can use the SC1 and SC0 any time, which is important."



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