Back in the UK, Kyle has been taking part in round eleven of the British 600cc Superstock Championship and this is the penultimate round, being held at the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit, before the Grand Finale at the Kent circuit of Brands Hatch in two weeks time.
As always with this championship event, the free practice got under way on Friday morning with qualifying one session later in the afternoon. Kyle was still all psyched up from the previous adventure on a ‘Supersport’ machine, so using the knowledge gained on a pucker race bike put this to good use and totally dominated the first qualifying session and setting a new lap record for a 600cc Superstock. This gained Kyle position 1, with championship contenders Reid and Anderson 1.2 seconds down in hot pursuit of this fired up youngster. Saturdays second Superstock qualifying session was finally cancelled, due to a poor start to the day’s proceedings, this was caused by the inclement weather which the day started on. So the qualifying times which were set the previous day, decided the overall grid positions for the race day on Sunday and this placed Kyle in a very good pole position for the race.
||A very sad ending to a spectacular race, as Kyle pushes his machine over the line to finish in a very lonely 27th position after running out of Fuel!!Photograph courtesy of Double Red
Sunday race-day and Kyle was again quickest in the early warm-up session, showing real determination for the race that was to follow within a few hours time.
The 600 Superstock 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 Reid & Ryde were bashing fairings! showing the hard determination of both these riders. By the end of lap one and after a few more scrapes, they settled down to some normality with Kyle, Reid, and Taz Mackenzie leading the pack around, the following lap lost Mackenzie as he went down and then another bunch of riders fell also, bringing out the safety car to enable the carnage to be cleared out of the way of the other machines.
As the safety car turned into the pitlane on lap six, an explosion of testerone happened and the battle began, with Kyle & Reid duelling again, once it was Kyle then it was Reid and by the end of lap six Reid had lost out as he crashed out, 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 this youngster had to do now, was to keep a cool head and win this race and the Superstock Championship trophy was his to hold!
But this was racing and as the great Barry Sheene always said; the race isn’t won until you cross the finishing line and take the chequered flag. Kyle was into a good rhythm and was taking more time out the pursing pack of Twyman, Collier and Spanish rider Aulestia, by a margin of almost 3.5 seconds. The final lap came and with this large margin, it looked almost certain that Kyle Ryde was to be crowned the 2014 British Superstock Champion. As Kyle approached Luffield the very last corner on this Grand Prix circuit, the bike suddenly cut-out! Fuel problem! He had simply run out of fuel, so had second place man Twyman who also happens to share the same team and pit crew, what an extraordinary fete of bad luck, not just for Kyle, but for the whole team. This left the win wide open to Championship contender Joe Collier, who by all this stroke of bad luck for Kyle, Twyman and of course Reid, took the win ahead of Irwin & Aulestia.
With Joe Collier now leading the Championship by one point, Kyle now goes to the final round at Brands Hatch in second place with Reid in third, all will go down to the chequered flag once again and determine who will be the 2014 British Superstock Champion.