Kyle’s consistency will pay dividends
Kyle’s Superbike experience goes south for the second round of the British Superbike Championship, to the historic circuit of ‘Brands Hatch’ were Kyle is looking again to improve on His first ever Easter Holiday outing on the CF Motorsport Yamaha R1.
Fridays free practice sessions were again taking place in rather damp & dull conditions, as the weather hasn’t really improved much from the Easter meeting, were it almost looked like it was going to be cancelled due to the snow forecast. However; this weekend at Brands Hatch has much better conditions with much warmer track temperatures, so at least the machine’s should be able to find better grip that they need and Kyle got out there and started putting the laps in.
Kyle always comes over as ‘Mr Consistent’ and his lap times always show this, he did creep up the leader board from time to time but he was consistently around the 17-18-19 places, like he was at the Donington round at Easter, so this slow but sure way of attacking these races should hopefully pay dividends later in the season.
With the final free practice session in the morning, Kyle was in 18th place on the leader board as he & the team looked towards the late afternoon qualifying session, he was again hoping to improve on this position. The time difference between all of the riders is really minuscule and just a split second can cost you plenty of positions on the grid. Kyle came out in the late afternoon qualifying session and was again putting in some very good consistent laps and after first part of the session, was in the first 18 places that went through to the Q2, here Kyle was again up against the clock and with all of the more experienced riders tussling with each other to finish in the top 9 in order to go through to the final Q1 session, Kyle wasn’t so lucky; and finally finished in 18th place sandwiched between Danny Buchan & Gino Rea.
Kyle’s was in 18th place on the leader board again in the early morning warm-up session, so it almost looked like he was going to be in or around this mark during the race, but again with splitting hairs between riders anything could be possible for Kyle and he could be within a shout of his first ever points in the Superbike Championship.
The first full race outing was straight after lunch and with the warm up lap underway, Kyle only circulated as far as the Cooper Straight on this short Indy circuit and had to pull off the circuit with a Technical fault, so that was Kyle’s first race over before it really began.
The second of the two races was later in the afternoon and saw a dramatic weather change to how the weekend had been, it was however; declared a dry race by the Race control as the circuit was only slightly damp. Unfortunately for Kyle with not competing in Race 1, he was placed at the very back of the grid in a lonely 24th place. As the pack headed down Paddock Hill bend, Kyle settled into a good race rhythm and by lap 3 of this 30 lap race he had picked off 6 race scalps and was behind Taylor Mackenzie and in front of Czech rider Jacob Smrz, lap 4 saw him on the move again into 17th position but by lap 7 and with several riders putting their hands up in the air, the race was red-flagged due to it starting to rain even heavier.
With a restarted 22 lap race and now on full wet tyres, Kyle never really got back into the same rhythm of the earlier laps and was trailing well behind the pack with Australian Honda rider Jason O’Halloran, who had decided to go with intermediate tyres, so was struggling for grip in these wet conditions. Kyle did manage to stay in front of O’Halloran and eventually overhauled Shaun Winfield another Yamaha rider, but unfortunately the gap between Kyle and the next rider Frenchman ‘Barrier ‘was just too great to close, Kyle crossed the line to take the chequered flag in 20th place.
Kyle & the CF Motorsport Teams next Championship meeting, is at the Beautiful Cheshire circuit of ‘Oulton Park’, on the 5th to the 7th May (Bank Holiday) weekend. Were again the Team will be looking to improve on all what they have learnt at the last two meetings and hopefully improve their standings.
Thanks from all of us at Kyle Ryde Racing #77