The newest of the MotoGP rookies, Ryuichi Kiyonari, secured 15th place and one championship point yesterday in Rio, but it could have been more according to his own affirmation.

"It was a shame because I had a really bad start to the race," explained Kiyonari. "I made a big mistake which made me lose a lot of time, but then really gave it everything I had and was able to get in the points."

"I am very happy with Kiyonari's performance - he showed more confidence on the track and has cut back the gap to the guys in front of him," enthused team manager Fausto Gresini. "It is a shame he made a slight mistake at the start of the race, but passing people in MotoGP is not easy so he deserves my congratulations."

 

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