A Ryde in the Park
Kyle Ryde the now 18 yr old Nottinghamshire Motorcycle Champion has been competing in the 8th round of the British Supersport Motorcycle Championships, being held at the very scenic Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire, close to the East coast resorts of Mablethorpe & Skegness.
Kyle is currently second in this Supersport Championship, behind another East Midlands race contender Luke Stapleford, who is leading Kyle by just 28 points going into this 8th round of the series.
Fridays practice was to be a proving time for Kyle, as he and his PacedayZ Yamaha, was a little over 1.5 seconds down on his main title rival Stapleford. However he in turn was getting a testing time from Glenn Irwin who has been one of the very few riders to contend at the front with Kyle & Luke on a regular basis. After the two free practice sessions Kyle was down in a lower than normal sixth place, but things could change for the qualifying as the team prepared his machine. With a few changes made Kyle managed to regain some confidence back and achieved a excellent 3rd place on the grid for the Saturday afternoon sprint race.
Kyle got off to a bad start in the Saturday Sprint race and by the first lap was lingering off the leading pack. However with a red flag being shown after several fallers & a machine blow-up! the race had to be restarted. At the beginning of the restart Stapleford was quick off the mark again and soon took advantage in the early stages of the race, leading almost all of the way. But Kyle was having none of this and was piling on the pressure and trying everything in his power to move ahead, with laps running short and a rather narrow circuit to contend with. Luke managed to hold on to the advantage to the finish, with Kyle coming home in a good secure second, after being ruffled a few times by the American Champion Rispoli. Rispoli then went onto dual with Jake Dixon in the later part of the race and Dixon managed to get the better of this feisty American to take the third spot on the podium.
It was Dixon’s turn to make the break on the opening lap of the Sundays feature race but yet again Kyle was in close contention ahead of Irishman Glenn Irwin, with Rispoli and Stapleford pushing to regain the places they had lost at the beginning of the race. Kyle powered the PacedayZ Trackdays Yamaha ahead on the second lap, while Stapleford was still trying to make some head-way. but Luke then managed to make up three places in one smart move, placing him in a strong third position by the sixth lap. Kyle was still leading but then Dixon upped his pace and started to hassle Kyle, eventually taking the lead from him on the eighth lap with Stapleford still close behind in third place. Kyle again was having none of it and yet again regained the lead on the thirteenth lap. But on the very next lap Kyle was powerless to halt Stapleford and his mighty powerful Triumph swoop through from third place to now lead the race. However Jake Dixon decided he still wanted a piece of the action at the front as he was far from finished, pushing back in front of Stapleford on the penultimate lap and holding firm to take the victory by 0.130s from Stapleford. Kyle finished a well deserved third, half a second down, with Rispoli a distant fourth.
Kyle leading the pack of Jake Dixon & Luke Stapleford, during the Feature race on Sunday.
Photograph courtesy of Polarity Photography