British Superbikes: Rasen’s Ryuichi Kiyonari withdrawn from Brand’s Hatch meet

Market Rasen-based motorcycle racer Ryuichi Kiyonari looks set to switch teams after he was withdrawn from the final round of the British Superbikes Championship.

In a shock move, the Buildbase BMW British Superbike team decided not to run Kiyonari at Brands Hatch last weekend despite the Japanese rider stating he was ready to ride.

The team issued a press release on last Wednesday stating they would not be running the Japanese star in the final round of the 2015 championship.

Kiyo’s management, Speed of Japan, confirmed injury had not been the reason for his withdrawal, but was a decision made by Buildbase BMW.

No official reason has, as yet, been announced by the team.

Kiyonari later issued a statement following the announcement: “I am all ready and prepared to race at Brands Hatch this weekend.

“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.”

It was a disappointing end to a season which had promised much following his push for the title in 2014 as he finished the campaign down in 19th.

It is hoped the Rasen racer will secure a ride with another team to challenge for the title once more in 2016.