Reflections of Holland
Kyle has been racing in the 10th round of the British Supersport 600cc Motorcycle Championship, taking place at the International ‘TT ‘circuit of Assen in the Netherlands, known to many bike fans as the Cathedral Circuit.
After Kyle’s misfortunes at the last round of this series at the Cheshire circuit of Oulton Park, Kyle was looking to be back on form and hoping to reel in some points from the series Leader ‘Luke Stapleford’ however Kyle did suffer some slight injuries at the last round due to his unforeseen crashes and was carrying these injuries into this weekend’s races, this was making things very uncomfortable until he was racing and the adrenalin was flowing, it then offered some relief during the many laps of this Dutch circuit.
The qualifying session on the Saturday was a good preparation for Kyle for the later sprint race, but with his broken toe still aching, Kyle was attacking for pole as best as he could and at one point during the session was 2nd, the fact that he was short of precious track-time due to missing the second free practise session on Friday, could also have been a contributable factor to his final 4th place and second row on the grid behind; Stapleford, Hornsey & American Champion James Rispoli.
Saturdays usual sprint race became just that for ‘Stapleford’ as he managed to open up a gap on the first lap and setting a new best lap record during this 12 lap race. However as Luke sat pretty at the front, Kyle was in a almighty battle behind, with a five bike train of Rispoli, Dixon, Irwin, Hornsey and of course Kyle!
There was only one second splitting these five riders on the timing board and it was difficult to pick the podium slot winners, but as the pack shuffled around again towards the end of the race, Rispoli managed to slip through on Dixon and claim the second crown with Dixon taking third, Kyle also lost out on the battle with Irwin and Hornsey relegating him down to sixth place, not where he deserved to be, but still managing to hold on to second spot in the Championship, with hopes of a better result in the Sundays Feature race.
Sunday’s feature race
Sundays feature race was delayed slightly due to the inclement weather at this famous Dutch circuit and with a damp track with drying lines this was going to test the best of rider’s abilities. Kyle posted a good lap time in the later stages of the Sprint race on the Saturday afternoon, so Kyle was sitting in a good second place on the grid for this main feature race.
As the bikes sped off Kyle was forced backwards in the melee and was struggling to keep with the pack at the front, but by lap five Kyle was starting to make headway to the front of the pack and was up to sixth place. However with several riders down, the safety car was despatched and the pack was all drawn together, Championship Leader Stapleford was in fourth place but edging to bag a win, but so was Kyle and as the safety car went in the fight was on!
By lap nine Stapleford was again in control of the race, with Dixon & Irwin on his heels, whilst Kyle was in a heated battle with veteran Supersport racer Ben Wilson on his Gearlink Kawasaki for fifth spot behind Stapleford’s teammate Hornsey who was in fourth.
Just 13 laps
This was how the race positions were to stay for the remainder of this shortened 13 lap race and so Kyle unfortunately had to settle for fifth place taking just twenty one points from both races at this round, whilst Championship Leader Stapleford took a brace of wins, widening the gap at the top of the table to 98 points difference, making Kyle’s Championship dream almost out of touch with only two rounds remaining of this 2015 British Supersport Championship, Third place in the Championship goes to Dixon who is now only 14 points behind Kyle.
The next round is in two weeks time at the Grand Prix circuit of Silverstone.