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Champion

Kyle returned to the British Championship after a year in the Moto GP Redbull Rookies and a further year in the Spanish Moto 3 series. He moved up a class in terms of the machine size and has been competing in the very competitive 600cc Superstock class, which is a support series for the British Superbikes. Kyle’s mount for this season belongs to a local Team owner, Craig Fitzpatrick of CF Motorsports, which is a Derbyshire based team who have been involved with racing for several years now and have taken several riders in this class of racing onto greater challenges, The team is also sponsored by Craig’s other venture, which is running motorcycle track days in Spain and is known as the ‘Pacedayz Track days’ Racing Team.

Round 1 Indy Circuit Brands Hatch

After some early winter testing in Spain during the ‘Pacedayz’ Track days, Kyle’s first race meeting was to take place during the Easter Break, at the International Circuit of Brands Hatch in Kent.
Kyle’s first meeting proved to be more than he or the team expected, setting some good times and qualifying a strong 6th place on the grid, not bad for somebody that had no experience with a 600cc machine. Race day was a dry and sunny day and as the pack raced around Druids, several bikes slid off and the race was red-flagged, however as the lights went to green, Kyle got a hole-shot and was in a strong position going down paddock hill bend and was in third place. After several laps the more senior riders started to attack Kyle’s position and after succumbing to several of these hardened racers, he bought is machine over the line in a very credible 5th place, ‘Happy Easter’.

Round 2 Oulton Park

The second round of the season moved North to the lovely undulating circuit of Oulton Park in the beautiful Cheshire countryside. After such a good start to the season at Brands Hatch, Kyle was really looking forward to Oulton, Kyle qualified 9th on the grid, but during the race day morning warm-up, he set the fastest time, which if he had achieved in practise; would have placed him 4th on the grid!

After several fairing bashing incidents during the start of the race, Kyle settled down into 8th place on the first lap, keeping the leading group in his sights! As the race developed and after losing several of the front runners, Kyle was on the charge; chasing the senior racers in the leading pack the likes of; Lodge, Collier & Reid, two of the very riders who was to become Kyle’s adversaries during the coming season. With the race in the later stages and with Kyle piling the pressure on to Lodge, he gave Lodge the advantage back as Kyle mistook an oil flag for a yellow one and as the pack flew up Deer-Leap toward the chequered flag, Kyle just missed out on his first podium of his Superstock season, coming over the line in a hard fought 4th place and on 7 hundred of a second behind 3rd place rider lodge.

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World Superbike Round Donington May

Kyle came in to one of his home circuit (Donington) rounds bristling with confidence in his new machine, however; this was to be short lived! The qualifying sessions saw some good times during the sometimes wet and difficult conditions and during the first session he was in a strong 3rd place when he parted company with his machine at the ‘Old Hairpin’ section of the circuit, he was OK though and managed during the more wet conditions in Q2, to hang on to his 3rd place position on the grid. On a lighter note; the times which Kyle was achieving during Q1, would have placed him on the 2nd row of the World Supersport grid, not bad for a rookie on a standard bike!

Race day and with drying conditions, most of the teams had chosen wet compound tyres for the race as the track did still have some damp patches showing. However; Kyle wasn’t so confident with a now drying track and wet compound tyres fitted and it soon began to show, as the tyres started to shred with Kyle finding very few damp patches to lubricate them in order to achieve more grip. With the laps counting down and Kyle finding it hard to have any confidence in his now completely useless tyres, he gently nursed the machine over the line in 8th position.

Round 3 Snetterton

Kyle attacked the next round with aggression and went really well in the two qualifying sessions, in only his fourth race on this bike; he managed to place it on number 1 spot on the grid.

As the race got underway and Kyle went straight into a commanding lead with Reid in hot pursuit; the main pack settled down behind, but for ‘Ryde & Reid’ this was going to be a two horse race and by the second lap Reid had got past Kyle, but wasn’t able to escape this youngster’s clutches. By lap 6 Kyle was again in front again but by only 0.18 seconds and had set the fastest lap of the race. This was to be a ‘Nip & tuck’ race for the Jacksdale youngster and Reid got the better of him yet again, going into the final stages of the race, also breaking the lap record! As Kyle was chasing the rear end of Reid’s machine, he was also planning his grand finale or as they say in French his ‘Pièce de résistance’ Kyle had been so smooth with his riding all the way through the race and had been conserving his tyre wear. So as the matching pair entered the next to last bend, Kyle made a move on Reid up the inside line and held this line as he exited the final corner onto the finish straight, Reid tried to fight back, but to no avail and the Youngster stamped his authority on this series by taking his first ever 600cc Superstock Race win and finally his first time on the podium.

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Kyle’s 1st Podium in a Superstock race at
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Round 4 Knockhill

Round 4 saw Kyle and the team going North of the border to the Scottish circuit of Knockhill. This is somewhere were Kyle has excelled before, having won here both in 2011 during his first ever Championship win and again in 2012 on is Moto 3 machine. This was in the Motostar series, which is also a support series for the BSB.

Kyle’s position on the grid was an hard fought 5th place, he also had one of his old adversary and local hero ‘Taz Mackenzie’ by his side. But having not achieving the best of starts, Kyle was then being held up by Ulsterman Andy Irwin and this intense battle between the two of them, went on for eight laps until Kyle got the better of him. With Irwin now trailing, Kyle’s next scalp was to be Lodge and during this race to the finish he set a new lap record at this Highland circuit. With Lodge now joining Irwin behind Kyle, the leading trio of Reid, Mackenzie & Collier took the chequered flag whilst Kyle came home in 4th place with a new lap record under is belt!

Round 5 International Circuit Brands Hatch

A few days before Kyle’s 17th Birthday, he was to return South again for the 5th round of the series, run over the full International circuit at Brands Hatch. After some mixed weather again and also some mixed tyres choices! Kyle only managed to qualify on the 3rd row of the grid in 7th spot, whilst Reid having his pole position snapped from underneath him in Q2 by a fired up Scotsman called ‘Taz Mackenzie’.

As the lights went out Kyle got a good start and by the end of lap 1 it was Kyle, Irwin, Reid, Pole-man Mackenzie and Anderson. Irwin again as at Knockhill; was the rider to start to give Kyle the most grief and took the lead for a spell, whilst his fellow Irishman Reid went backwards in the pack and was battling it out down in 6th position. By the second half of the race, Kyle was starting to take command of the race and was firmly back in control at the front.
Earlier leader Irwin was now coming under intense pressure from Collier and Anderson and this little battle group started to lose pace with Kyle, who was now beginning to open a gap on this marauding bunch! The Birthday Boy could smell his second race win of the season and was determined to hang on to his position. As the chequered flag came out, a jubilant Kyle took the race win, followed by Joe Collier who eventually got the better of Irwin, with Anderson then Reid making up the top five places.

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‘Ey up me Duck’!

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Round 6 Thruxton

With his Birthday celebrations well and truly over, this now; young man of a rider, was on the edge of the New Forest at the former airfield Bomber circuit of Thruxton in Hampshire, hoping to yet again blow all the opposition away!

Qualifying saw Kyle in full attack mode again and was truly trying to blow them all off the circuit, especially during the Q2 session in which he set a new outright lap record for the Superstock 600cc class, in which Josh Daley had held since 2010.

Kyle got a good start, with Taz Mackenzie, Reid, Day and Irwin all in hot pursuit, this was going to prove to be a tough one as all were gunning for the podium places, but on the second lap Irwin had a coming together with Australian Levi Day and as Day’s machine went down this also took out the Championship Leader Andy Reid! So by the third lap of the race it was a different bunch behind Kyle and Taz and this was being lead by Godfrey, Stamper & Anderson all trying to re adjust to the race speed now with some of the front runners out of the frame. Kyle set a new Race lap record on lap 3 and as the laps went by; first place position jostled between Ryde, Mackenzie and Anderson with Godfrey being a close 4th place, at one point there was only 1.5 seconds between the top 10 riders. Lap twelve and Kyle had composed himself after all the changing of positions, he settled back into a rhythm which saw him pull out a 0.7 second gap on second place man Anderson and he kept this momentum to take the chequered flag, making this his 17th victory in the British Championships.

Round 7 Oulton Park

The second visit of the series to this Beautiful Cheshire circuit, saw the race being bought forward to the Saturday of the weekend, this was due to the arrival of a tropical storm called ‘Bertha’. As usual this seasons Qualifying was much of the ‘Ryde & Reid’ show that all was seeing at most rounds and both were competing for pole with Reid smashing the lap record, so Kyle had to settle with a well deserved 2nd place on the grid.

This race was going to be an early storm with Kyle taking an early lead, chased fiercely by Reid and the main bunch of riders, Mackenzie, Anderson, Mitchell Thomas & Law. Kyle’s lead was short lived as Reid, fired up by his previous week’s crash, stormed in front to try to claw back some points in the championship stakes, but as half race distance
arrived and going into the tight Shell corner at the far end of the circuit, Reid’s worst nightmare happened all over again and down he went yet again! Kyle took control of the pack from here on and took the chequered flag ahead of Collier, Anderson, Mitchell Thomas and Law, with Mackenzie making up the top six places. This was to be Kyle’s 3rd win in a row, in what now was to be a very stormy Championship!

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Kyle climbing ‘Deer Leap’ to take

the chequered flag

and claim his 3rd victory of the season

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Lincolnshire coast circuit

of Cadwell Park

Oh dear me Duck!

Round 8 Cadwell Park

August Bank Holiday and Kyle is at one of his favourite circuit; Cadwell Park, Nr Mablethorpe in Lincolnshire. This round is always a huge crowd puller and Kyle was again savouring on three consecutive wins and looking for number 4!

The free practise went well with good lap times and Kyle was looking good for the Qualifying sessions on the Saturday. Q1 started exceptionally well and Kyle was very consistent (as always!) stamping his authority on the first qualifying and circulating in P1, with less than a minute left in the first session and as he exited the downhill left of Mansfield on this woodland circuit, the bike decided to part company with Kyle, putting Kyle through an horrific highside scenario, not one that many riders enjoy! So after a stabilisation period &several checks and X rays later, Kyle was released from the medical centre on Crunches! Bruising, soreness and pride was what was hurting the most.

With Kyle managing to hold to pole position he got a good start in the race and for a few laps managed to hold on to this position. The weather had been poor all day and with a well drenched track already, the rain started to sweep in once again. This wasn’t good news for Kyle still struggling with his weekend’s injuries, he had to ease off and try and preserve what bit of energy he had left, so settled into a good steady rhythm and bought his machine home in a very respectable 5th place, not bad considering the outcome of Q1 a couple of days before. With quite a few riders parting company with their machines during the race, Ulsterman Andy Reid eventually won the race.

Round 9 Donington Park

Round 9 saw Kyle back at his local circuit of Donington and hoping to improve on his early season race here during the World Superbike round.

Qualifying took place in a mixed bag of weather, with Kyle taking a good 3rd spot in Q1, only to spend most of Q2 in the pits due to the wet conditions, as the small amount of time he was out in Q2 Kyle failed to improve on his earlier lap times. So Kyle was again on the front row of the grid in a strong 3rd slot. As the race began, Kyle was down in around 8th place in the pack, but with fallers at ‘Redgate’ and the ‘Old Hairpin’ the safety Car was deployed. After three laps behind the Safety Car, Reid got the hole-shot with Kyle now in a strong second place with Mitchell –Thomas in third. This small battle group at the front became intense and Reid actually clipped Kyle’s bike during a frantic moment when he was starting to lose the back end of his machine. Reid took to the front again with Kyle in hot pursuit and previous race leader Anderson close behind, as by this time Thomas had parted company with his machine. With only a couple of laps left of the race, Reid broke the tow on Ryde & Anderson and with time running out and Anderson determined to get the second place on the podium, he slipped under Kyle going towards the Melbourne Loop, now with only a short length of track left and no passing points available, Kyle came home in a well earned 3rd place, still keeping him top of the Championship Table from Andy Reid by three points.

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Donington Park and final lap

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Reid, Anderson & Kyle

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‘Ey up me Dutch’

BSB Supersport 600cc Round 10 Assen Holland

With the 600cc Superstock round not being included in the Dutch race schedule, Kyle was awarded the chance of a wild card ride in the Blue Riband class of ‘Supersport’ 600 at the Dutch Grand Prix circuit of Assen. This higher class of 600cc racing machines is the showcase for future stars, the likes of Moto GP riders Carl Crutchlow & Sam Lowes, have both been previous winners in this class and the calibre of rider in this class today is of a very high standard. So Kyle would surely have his work cut out to make an impact among the likes of riders such as Seeley, Gowland, & Australian ‘Skippy’ McConnell all ex Superbike riders and with years of experience over him. Kyle qualified in a good 8th place and in the first of the two races was in the front group pressing for a top five finish, Kyle managed to cross the line in a very respectable 7th place in both races, having some good battles along the way, especially with Seeley, who actually offered to buy Kyle a beer on the boat home, RESPECT! So for Kyle this very first appearance in a ‘Supersport’ 600cc races, was an amazing accomplishment, considering the amount of racing talent that he was pursuing to get
there!

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Round 11 Silverstone

Kyle’s race was the first race of the day and as they set up on the grid, Reid was the last man to line up and the pack looked towards the lights. As the lights went out they raced towards Copse corner and already Kyle & Andy Reid were bashing fairings! showing the hard determination of both these riders. After a few laps they lost Taz Mackenzie as he went down and then another bunch of riders fell also, bringing out the safety car. As the safety car turned into the pit lane on lap six, Kyle & Reid were duelling once again, once it was Kyle then it was Reid and by the end of lap six Reid had lost out as he crashed out also, perhaps just pushing that little too much. Kyle was given his pit board information showing second place man was Twyman 1.4 seconds down, so all Kyle had to do now, was to keep a cool head and win this race and the Superstock Championship trophy was his to hold!. Kyle was as consistent as always taking more time out the pursing pack by a margin of almost 3.5 seconds. The final lap came and with this Huge time margin, it looked almost certain that Kyle was to be crowned the 2014 British Superstock Champion. Coming into Luffield the very last corner on this Huge Grand Prix circuit and the bike ran out of fuel. This left the win wide open for Championship contender Joe Collier, who by all this stroke of bad luck for Kyle, and of course Reid, took the race win.

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Round 12, Final race of the 2014 Season Brands Hatch

After the exhausting and sometimes very emotional 2014 season, Kyle was finally back at Brands Hatch for the Explosive Showdown of the British Superstock 600cc Championship. With only four points difference between the top three riders, Kyle was mentally up for a win & final victory, he was going to go out there and enjoy! 

Despite the poor conditions all weekend, a large capacity crowd lined the circuit on the race day and the conditions had much improved to the previous days qualifying sessions, in which Kyle was placed second on the grid, with both title contenders either side of his box, Reid was on pole position. As the red lights went out it was Andy Reid who led the pack down Paddock Hill bend to start was to be an epic battle to end an epic season of racing. Kyle was tight up to Reid, with Collier in hot pursuit and not giving up easy on his title hopes just yet! These three were inseparable for almost the entire race, with Reid losing grip and almost being High-sided going into Graham Hill Bend on lap four. Kyle took the lead and for several laps it was Ryde & Collier at the front with Reid having to play catch-up and this he did; so by just over the ¾ race distance Collier had managed to get past Kyle with Reid still chasing. Collier made a huge mistake on the back part of the circuit and this allowed Kyle to slip back into the lead with Reid following and placing Collier suddenly back to third place, with only two laps to go! Kyle made himself as wide as he could to defend all the corners, so as not to give Reid an inch of the circuit to pass him. As the duelling Knights came around Clark Curve to enter the Brabham’s Straight for the final time, Kyle still defended his racing line and Reid had no chance of any passing opportunity before this extremely talented youngster was to take the chequered flag, claim a new Outright Lap record; and take his second British Championship Title.

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