Ryde holds on to a secure 2nd slot
Kyle Ryde has once again been securing his strong position in the British Supersport 600cc Championship at the International circuit of Brands Hatch in Kent. Kyle who is in second place in the Supersport Championship in his ‘Rookie’ year maintained his points advantage over 3rd place rider Irishman Glenn Irwin, with only fellow Midlands racer ‘Luke Stapleford’ having a marginal lead on Kyle.
Throughout the practise session the three title contenders Kyle, Luke and Glen, had scrapped it out at the top of the leaderboard, first with Kyle on the PacedayZ Trackdays Yamaha setting the pace, then Irwin stole the show on the Gearlink Kawasaki. Kyle tried in vain to respond but it was not enough, as finally Stapleford responded to both the other contenders and placed himself firmly on pole position, with Kyle 2nd and Glen Irwin making up the front row of the grid.
Kyle had a poor start off the grid and was around 5th place going down the steep paddock hill bend, whilst Stapleford, eager to make amends after a tough time in the previous round at Knockhill, hit the front with Irwin chasing him hard, only for the Gearlink Kawasaki to crash out at Stirlings. Kyle managed to claw his way up to the front riders and eventually took over second place as Irwin had thrown away his chances but as Kyle began to challenge, he soon realised that he wasn’t going to be able to match the pace of the Triumph of Stapleford, who was able to ease to victory in the first of the weekend’s two races by a little over three seconds. Kyle was happy to settle for second place, only three points down on Stapleford, and commented : “I got a rubbish start, caught Luke but then started having a few problems and when I tried to catch him I nearly crashed.” Third place on the podium was taken by Kyle’s old adversary Andy Reid who sealed the slot with an audacious last lap move on his ‘Keith Flints’ Team Traction Control Yamaha team-mate James Rispoli.
With Kyle having a much better start in the main race on Sunday, Kyle found himself at the sharp end with Stapleford and was looking for a win! Kyle & Luke were setting a blistering pace and Stapleford was setting new lap records, whilst Kyle was finding it hard to match both the pace and the machine of Stapleford. By lap seven Kyle was still in a good second place only 0.7 seconds behind Luke, but Kyle was almost 6.0 seconds in front of 3rd place man Reid. Stapleford was literally on ‘Fire’ at this round and Kyle just couldn’t respond to the strength of which Luke was showing regardless of how hard he tried, so he just looked to maintain a strong second position and bring the machine home in one piece to claim vital points towards the championship. Reid had a good 3rd place on the podium after yet another battle with his fellow American team mate Rispoli.
Kyle’s hoping to have a stronger showing at the next round in two weeks time, this takes place at the airfield circuit of Thruxton in Hampshire, but for now he is more than happy to take away these two 2nd places to maintain his Championship contention position, only 8 points behind Championship Leader Luke Stapleford.
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