It’s been a hectic few days for Kyle and TEAM#77 but it looks like the hard work and meticulous planning is starting to pay off with encouraging results from Phillip Island testing
Kyle and his father, Sean flew out to Melbourne, Australia last week to join up with the new team, Ranieri Med – SC Racing at what has to be one of the worlds most breathtaking Grand Prix circuits, Phillip Island.
Before the serious business of first practice could get underway, Kyle had a few shiny new things to show us! Namely, new leathers supplied by Furygan, new boots from TCX (complete with Duck) and a beautiful new helmet from Shark expertly painted by the guys at Apex custom paint worx
It’s fair to say that the contribution so far from sponsors of all sizes has been fantastic and is very much appreciated.
Fortunately for Kyle and the team, the changeable conditions that had proven a real problem for the Moto GP riders earlier in the week seemed to have cleared. As Practice got underway for the Supersport riders, predominantly overcast conditions were forecast but more importantly, no rain.
On a dry track, competing against some of the fastest guys on the planet, Kyle started well, capturing fifth place only to be pushed down to 6th, 7th and ultimately finishing the day in a very respectable 10th place. When asked about his practice session, Kyle added.
” i’m Really excited to get my first go around this awesome track, today and tomorrow are about learning the track as much as possible so I’m not really chasing a lap time yet”
Given that Kyle is competing on the international stage for the first time, riding the Phillip Island circuit for the first time, competing on a brand new bike, riding for a new team and racing against riders he hadn’t faced before makes this result even more remarkable.
With the first session out of the way Kyle was eager to get started on the second practice session but with more changeable weather on the horizon and rain forecast, it turned out to be a shortened second practice session.
We don’t currently have a lot of information on the second session due to the time difference between here and Australia but we do know that Sofuoglu and Krummenacher dominated again at the head of the leader board. Fortunately, Kyle bought his bike home safely in a very respectable 16th place, ahead of his 2015 British Supersport 600 rival Luke Stapleford in both sessions whilst conceding around the same time gap of 2.2 seconds on the leaders.
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