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3rd Row start makes Ryde more determined for yet another Race win.
Kyle Ryde returned to the saddle of his racing motorcycle this weekend, after spending last weekend in the saddle of a Peddle cycle, raising funds to sponsor his Motorcycle racing exploits in the British Championship and this weekend saw the Birthday youngster (17 on the 22nd July) taking part at the Full International circuit of Brands Hatch in Kent, rather different to the cycle ride of last week to the Lincolnshire town of Skegness.
Kyle’s weekend started as always with the free practise session and then the two qualifying sessions, the first qualifier on Friday was a good dry session, with Kyle battling it out with Lodge, Stamper & Mackenzie and right to the last few seconds Championship Leader Reid was not in the frame for a good grid spot, however at the very last minute Reid put in a quick lap and took the provisional pole. The second qualifying session was around lunchtime on Saturday and the team had anticipated rain for this session, especially with the previous night storms over the Kent circuit. So with Kyle now having a dry session to contend with and being on the previous days tyres he could not find the necessary grip that he required to achieve a front row position, where his old mate and adversary ‘Taz’ Mackenzie found the drive and stole the pole position away from Reid, who he pushed back to second. Kyle struggling with the grip, had to settle with his first session qualifying times and was placed in 7th position overall, which put him back on the third row of the grid for the race!
Race time came on Sunday, mid afternoon and the conditions were dry, Kyle had already shown in the earlier morning warm-up session, that he meant business, by putting in a 1.31.079 minute lap, which a day earlier in the qualifiers would have placed him on pole position for the race! As the lights went out Kyle got a good start and by the end of lap 1 it was Ryde, Irwin, Reid, Pole-man Mackenzie and Anderson. Irwin 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 with Twyman & Mackenzie. By half race distance Kyle was starting to take command of the race and was firmly back in control at the front, whilst earlier leader Irwin was now coming under intense pressure from Leicester rider Collier and ex Motocross rider Nick Anderson and this little battle group started to lose track of the Leader Ryde 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, by lap twelve had a 1.4 second lead over 2nd placed rider Irwin, who incidentally had some scary moments during his battle with the other riders in the group.
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, a good Birthday treat for Ryde who is now sitting second in the Championship, behind 5th place man today Reid, with only 24 points difference and the championship is now mid season, with eight rounds left to close that gap even further.
Please note Photographs are courtesy of Double Red
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