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Good finish to an unsettled Bank Holiday for Ryde
It has been a weekend of mixed fortune for Motorcycle Champion Kyle Ryde, who has been taking part in a support race at the British Superbike event at the Lincolnshire circuit. This event is run over three days of the Bank Holiday Weekend and is the highlight of the BSB Calendar attracting huge crowds and provides excellent entertainment for all the bike fans from far & wide and even some East Coast holiday makers!
Kyle had free practise time on the Saturday and was placed in strong seventh position, with rivals Coliier, Reid and Lodge the top three. Later in the afternoon came the first of the two qualifying sessions and Kyle had really turned the pressure on for the front grid position, with just 1 min of the first session to go and in 1st position, on exiting Mansfield corner on this tight & twisty circuit, Kyle’s machine decided to part company from its pilot! and in turn Kyle had a horrendous high side. This saw him whisked off to the medical centre for a check over and also a couple of X rays, with confirmation that Kyle hadn’t got any breakages, a pair of crutches were given to ease the soreness and the bruising which this crash had caused and Kyle awaited his second session with anticipation of how his body would cope with the injuries sustained in the fall. Second session and Kyle managed a strong 5th place with a combined qualifying keeping him in pole position for the Mondays race, the front row of the grid saw him along side Collier and Law.
Monday’s race day and with typical Bank Holiday weather in the skies above Lincolnshire, the circuit was drenched for most part of the day, with the final race being cancelled all together! Kyle’s race eventually started over 20 minutes late, with extra acclimatisation laps and two warm up laps the race finally got under way and Kyle got the ‘Hole-shot’ with Collier Reid and ‘Payz Days’ team mate Joe Francis in hot pursuit. But this wasn’t to last as the weekends injuries started to tell on Kyle and the pace was to quick in these foul weather conditions, Kyle accepted that due to the circumstances he wasn’t capable of running at the front of the pack, so let the leaders go and settled into a safe and comfortable rhythm which suited his aching body. By mid race distance of this 11 lap race, Kyle was around 2 seconds down on the leading bunch and 4 seconds ahead of the 7th placed man Scotsman Mat Paulo, with local rival Ben Godfrey in 8th. As the laps ticked away and the conditions deteriated even more, the leading rider Mason Law slid off on the infamous ‘Mountain’ and this gave Kyle’s Championship rival Reid, the chance to snap up the race victory, which he so needed after his recent two DNF’s. The final lap saw Reid take the chequered flag from Collier, Anderson and Kyle’s team mate Francis in fourth, Kyle had a very much respected and sometimes sore fifth place and will now be concentrating on his fitness prior to his next meeting at his home circuit of Donington Park on Sunday 7th September.
Kyle still leads the 600cc Superstock championship by 12 points from Andy Reid and 21 from third placed man Joe Collier, his team mate Joe Francis is in tenth position.
Kyle (97 Yellow bike) gets the ‘Hole shot’ off the start line at Cadwell Park, Lincolnshire – Photograph courtesy of ‘Double Red’
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