With Fridays brilliant performance securing a spot in Superpole 2, it was hoped that Kyle would push on and move towards the front on Saturday but it’s worth remembering how far Kyle has come in recent weeks before we get too carried away..

Kyle comes Eleventh in Superpole Two at Losail

Steady progress

Before we got down to the business of SP2 there was the small matter of FP3 to take care of. Kyle was at the back of the field for most of the first session, well off the pace but this is essentially a meaningless warm up session and carries no significance in terms of grid position for the upcoming race. With the failure to start in the last race at Magny Cours still fresh in the mind, it was of little surprise that Kyle and the team weren’t pushing the bike to it’s limits. Another engine failure here, so close to SP2 would have been a disaster.

Kyle comes Eleventh in Superpole Two at LosailThe 15 minute FP3 session was interrupted at the half way stage by a red flag, the incident didn’t involve Kyle but it delayed the restart of the session for quite a while. No sooner had the bikes returned to the Losail track and the red flag was out again. After all of the confusion of the stop start session, Kyle eventually finished in twenty-first place with a time of 2’05.288

Kyle comes Eleventh in Superpole Two at Losail

The televised Superpole session was eagerly awaited by Kyle and his fans but the end result was tinged with slight disappointment as Kyle and the team had hoped for a better finishing position than they managed. 11th position however is probably a fair result given all that’s gone on this season.

It was great to see Luke Stapleford put a British rider/team/bike combination on pole, however, and it’ll be interesting to see if Kyle can stick with Luke and the rest of the front runners in Sundays race. Kyle always seems to have a little bit left in the tank for race day so, we’re all hoping to see another stirring performance on Sunday afternoon.

Kyle comes Eleventh in Superpole Two at Losail

Robert Balogh – Team Manager:

“Kyle improved again today but unfortunately not by as much as we’d hoped. Eleventh place isn’t the best, but it’s a good result anyway and means we start from row four. We had no technical problems or crashes and our bike worked very well all day. For tomorrow I’m sure that Kyle will give it his all and so I hope for a good result”.

Kyle comes Eleventh in Superpole Two at Losail

Kyle Ryde:

“I think we could of done better in SP2 but that’s the way it goes sometimes, I improved my time but only by a couple of tenths but at least we are still movig in the right direction. I’m going to be pushing hard for a result tomorrow but I’m not sure about my pace because in the first session we were fixing the bike and I don’t really have a race strategy yet.”

“We’ll have to see, but I’ll do my best to stick with the guys at the front and congratulations to Luke for sticking it on Pole”

Kyle comes Eleventh in Superpole Two at Losail