Kyle ends the season on a High note!
Kyle has recently raced in the final round of the ‘Motorpoint’ British Supersport 600cc Motorcycle series which was held at the International circuit of Brands Hatch in Kent.
Free Practise and Qualifying
Kyle’s final weekend of racing again didn’t go exactly to plan and Kyle & the team had various issues over the weekend which he had been suffering with previously towards the back end of this 2015 season. But Kyle being Kyle! managed to pick himself up, brush himself down and fight for what was to be his well deserved 2nd & final place in the Supersport Championship, something that he believed he could achieve and has done all along, even though the last few rounds have seen some very difficult times for both Kyle & the team members.
During the wet conditions of the two free practise sessions on Friday, Kyle was struggling to race in the atrocious conditions having to suffer visor mist problems and poor grip. However; with the race qualifying session being on the Saturday, Kyle had some much improved weather in which to dial his machine in, so with these much drier conditions Kyle managed to place himself in a good 6th place and second row on the grid for the late afternoon sprint race.
Saturday Sprint Race
As the pack raced towards Paddock Hill, Kyle’s Championship adversary Dixon on his Smiths Triumph had muscled into the lead but the 2015 Champion Luke Stapleford had regained the lead by the time the pack exited Druids for the first time, with American Champ Rispoli raring to pounce from a strong third position. Luke managed to pull away from the pursuing pack with a barrage of fastest laps and never looked back, whilst a three-way dice for the final two positions was going on between Dixon, Rispoli, and Sam Hornsey, Kyle was chasing hard in 5th spot. The strong American Rispoli took the initiative at Hawthorns on the second lap, but Dixon was fast to retaliate at Paddock Hill Bend at the start of the following lap.
Dixon’s move though allowed Kyle to close the gap and he was right on Dixons tail now in a strong third position having dealt with Hornsey & Rispoli and this was all happening in the wet! However, before the final battle could escalate the race was red-flagged due to the rain becoming more torrential , so with this race decision being taken to stop the race, the actual rider positions go back to the previous lap, thus placing Kyle back into fifth place allowing Hornsey to cling on to his third spot, behind Dixon, with Rispoli taking the 4th slot.
Sundays Feature Race
Luke Stapleford again took charge of the race pack at the beginning of this 18 lap Feature race, taking over half a second gap on the opening lap, with Dixon running second from Wilson, Hornsey, Rispoli, Irwin and Kyle taking up the rear of this six bike train, but it wasn’t long before the pack was being re-shuffled. Hornsey was pushed back into eighth place and Irwin had managed to get the better of Kyle for now! But then Rispoli found a way through to take Irwin though there was little space between them. Stapleford was by now four seconds clear after five laps, bettering the lap record, but behind him it was a different race and Rispoli was again closing down on Dixon. but next time around Irwin had taken both of them to go second.
Rispoli was having none of it and as he went into Druids he went up the inside of them, Irwin was forced wide, but Dixon held onto second from the American, though Irwin bit back to go third at the expense of Rispoli. Wilson was down in fifth but Kyle eventually got the better of him in the second half of the race and then finally overhauled Rispoli. Stapleford took the victory ahead of Dixon and Irwin, Kyle held onto his fourth place, sealing his final runner-up spot in the 2015 Supersport Championship, not a bad feat for a ‘Rookie’ rider in his first season of Supersport 600cc Motorcycle racing.