JACKSDALE’S young British 125cc Champion Kyle Ryde has spent the weekend in the Highlands of Scotland at the fifth round of the British Superbike Championship which was taking place at the Knockhill Circuit Nr Dunfermline in Fife.
Kyle is competing in the Motostar British Championship, which is part of the British Championship circus which tours around most of the main British circuits during the racing season.
Kyle recently had two excellent results at the British Moto GP Redbull Rookies races at Silverstone, where he had his first podium in the Rookies.
This was a third place in the first race and a hard fought eighth place in the second race. Kyle is now looking towards raising his British Championship points and is hoping to have his second win of the season on his new 250cc Moto 3 machine, which he debuted at the last round in this series at the Snetterton circuit in Norfolk. Here Kyle had an excellent race against fellow Redbull Rookie, South African rider Jordan Weaving, finally overhauling him to take the chequered flag on the new machines very first outing.
Knockhill circuit is not renowned for it’s good weather and this weekend has been no exception! High winds & rain have battered the circuit as it has done for most of the country, but this has not deterred this gritty youngster and he has fought hard in the two qualifying sessions just loosing out by a second for pole position to his old adversary Bradley Ray, who was Kyle’s team mate some years ago.
Sunday’s race day saw a much improved weather front at the Fife circuit and Kyle’s race, like most of the others, was played out on some nice dry tarmac.
As the red light went out Kyle was late off the line and spent the first few laps down in fourth position behind his friend, ‘Taz Mackenzie’ but after much slip streaming, he eventually overhauled ‘Taz’ and started to make good progress on the front-runners of Jordan Weaving and Bradley Ray.
In his hot pursuit, Kyle set the fastest lap of the race and was reeling in the pair each lap, but then on lap 14 there were a couple of fallers, which brought out the safety car, this meant that the pack of riders would be all bunched up during the few laps in which the safety car was deployed.
So as the car pulled off the circuit Kyle went for the hole-shot and this time he didn’t sit around, as this was now going to be a six-lap dash to the finish and with Championship leader Luke Hedger also now in hot pursuit, anyone of these four front-runners could win the race.
Kyle got straight to the front of this front battling group and started to edge away and as the pursuing group of Weaving, Ray and Hedger turned at the hairpin, Weaving was suddenly catapulted into the air as his bike experienced an enormous high side crash. With nowhere to go, both Ray and Hedger also crashed out, so this left Kyle out front as the red flag to stop the race was deployed.
With the race more than 75 per cent of the race distance, it was declared a result for the youngster Ryde, as he came home with his second win on his new Moto 3 machine, ahead of his friend Taz Mackenzie and Catherine Green, who just happened to be on Kyle’s old Championship wining machine from last season.
Green was promoted to third after Joe Francis, who actually celebrated on the podium, was given a two second penalty for overtaking whilst the safety car was circulating.
Kyle is now in second place only four points behind Luke Hedger in the British Championship, but unfortunately he will miss the next round at Oulton Park due to his Moto GP Redbull Rookies commitments, where he is presently lying in fourth position in this World Championship.
Kyle now has back to back races with the Rookies, these are at Assen in Holland on the 29th/30th June, then the following weekend he is at the Sachsenring in Germany, a busy few weeks ahead for this talented young rider.