It was a disastrous weekend for both Market Rasen-based British Superbikes riders at Thruxton with Honda’s Jason O’Halloran breaking his right femur in a heavy crash.
Japanese rider Ryuichi Kiyonari also had another bad weekend, retiring from the first race and finishing in 17th place in the second encounter.
O’Halloran rode well during free practice and made it through to the second stage of qualifying, but he clipped the back wheel of another rider who was coasting after completing his fast lap.
This sent the Australian rider hurtling into the air fencing at Nobles, halting the session while the medics attended to him. An x-ray in the medical centre confirmed he had suffered a broken right femur and he was taken to hospital for further treatment.
The crash has all but put paid to his championship challenge as he drops to seventh in the rider standings and out of the top six who go through to the end-of-season shoot-out. He will not be fit to race at Cadwell in the next round and may also miss Oulton Park.
Fresh from his podium finish in the Suzuka eight-hour race in Japan, Kiyonari should have been fired up for two good results at Thruxton but a dismal qualifying put him down in 22nd place.
And after moving through the back markers to 18th, he pulled into the pits to retire his Buildbase BMW with a technical problem.
Starting race two from the seventh row, Kiyo dropped down the order to 27th on lap one, but held it together to claw his way through to complete the race in 17th. But with no points scored this weekend the three-time BSB champion drops down the table to 13th on 52 points.
The next round takes place over the weekend of August 21-23 at his local circuit of Cadwell Park, a regular testing track during his Honda days.