Ryuichi Kiyonari will miss the MCE British Superbike season finale at Brands Hatch this weekend after being pulled out by his Buildbase BMW team.

The three-time BSB champion has endured a frustrating season with the team and languishes down in 19th place in the riders' standings. Kiyonari had enjoyed a solid start to 2015 by grabbing pole position in the season opener at Donington Park and taking three top-five results over the opening five races.

It also means the Japanese rider is unable to banish the bad memories from 12 months ago when he was in dominant form vying for the title with Shane Byrne before being cruelly ruled out of the fight after fracturing his left collarbone in a crash during FP3 at the Kent circuit.

No reason has been given why the team has pulled out Kiyonari and was announced via a press release stating: "The team's third rider, Ryuichi Kiyonari, will not be riding this weekend."

Kiyonari management, Speed of Japan, have confirmed his absence is not due to injury but it was a team decision and the rider will still attend Brands Hatch this weekend.

"I am all ready and prepared to race at Brands Hatch this weekend," Kiyonari said. "I have discussed with the team that I want to race. I regret to say that the team has made the decision to pull me out, so there's nothing I can do about that.

"I will still be at the circuit during race week. I apologise to all my fans and supporters that I won't be able to race at Brands Hatch."

Fellow Buildbase BMW riders Richard Cooper and Lee Jackson will still race at the season finale, with Cooper aiming to secure the BSB Riders' Cup and holds a 16-point advantage over nearest challenger Luke Mossey.


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