Season Review 2014

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.
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Race Report 17th – 19th Brands Hatch

Grand Finale for Ryde

After the exhausting and emotional race at Silverstone a few weeks ago, Kyle Ryde was back in the mix for the final round of the British Superstock 600cc Championship and in his own words, was just going out to enjoy his final race of the 2014 season. The fact that he was now second place in the championship going into this round and only 4 points splitting the top three riders didn’t seem to faze this youngster and he would take whatever was thrown at him during the proceeding laps of the final race of the season.

As always with the British Championship rounds, the meeting started with free practice and Qualifying one on the Friday.  Kyle was out and lapping in the wet conditions but was protecting his interests for the qualifying periods and was only 11th in the free practise session.  However, with a drying track for the afternoon Q1, he was battling with his nearest two rivals Collier (Championship Leader) and Reid the Ulsterman who he has constantly fought all season for the top spot, at the end of Q1 it was Reid, Ryde and Collier for the front row.  The second qualifying session on Saturday was on a damp circuit, so the leading trio didn’t even bother to take part as they couldn’t possibly improve on the times set in the dry conditions on Friday, so the grid positions for the front row of the grid was set with Reid on Pole, Ryde in the middle and Collier on the inside line.

Ryde, Reid & Collier all in Contention for the 2014 Championship

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With a large capacity crowd and Kyle’s race taking place just after mid-day, the conditions had much improved at the circuit, especially after the early morning’s warm-up incidents with many riders being caught out in the damp areas at various points around this beautiful Kent race track.  As the lights went out to start Kyle’s race it was Andy Reid who led the pack of forty Adrenalin hyped up racers & machines 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 most of the 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 in hot pursuit.  As the race drew closer to a ‘Grand Finale’ Collier made a mistake on the back end of the circuit and this allowed Kyle to claw back the lead with Reid following and placing Collier suddenly back to third place, with only two laps to go!   Kyle fought as hard as he could to defend all the corners, in order not to give the Ulsterman an inch of the circuit to pass him and his machine.  As the duo came around Final corner to enter the Brabham Straight, Kyle still defended his racing line and Reid had no passing opportunities before the very talented youngster was to take the chequered flag, claim a new Outright Lap record; and take his second British Championship Title at the tender age of just 17yrs of age!

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Race Report 3rd – 5th October Silverstone

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.

Kyle Silverstone 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.

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