Kyle was taking part in his home round of the World Supersport Championship at the Grand Prix circuit of Donington Park over the Bank holiday weekend, which was run over three days with free practice, qualifying and then Sunday being the official race day for Kyle’s Supersport class.
Free Practice & Qualifying
Free practice on the Friday turned into a very frustrating day for Kyle as he was experiencing several problems with his Kawasaki machine of Puccetti racing and with having these issues this held him back from achieving a good qualifying time and with the combined results of the free practice times, this placed him back in 17th position on the timesheet. So with this 17th position, it only enabled him to go into Superpole one as opposed to going through to Superpole two, which would have placed Kyle with the top eleven quickest riders, Kyle now had to fight for the spare two position within Superpole one but to no avail and had to settle with a mid-pack position of 14th on the grid next to Italian rider Carricasulo and Estonian rider Soomer.
Race day and Kyle was seventh fastest in the 15-minute warm-up session prior to his lunchtime race, which installed a small amount of confidence back into him for the race. But with the chequered flag having dropped and with Kyle getting a good start it was only to be a short period again before this Supersport race came to a grinding halt, due to a riders engine blowing up going into Goddards corner, which is prior to the start & finish line, several riders in front of Kyle were saying that oil wasn’t present on the circuit, but Kyle definitely felt it and expressed his opinion to the organisers once he had returned to the pit-lane as the race was red flagged by the marshals.
So after a 15 minute delay the grid reformed and Kyle took up his position back in the middle of the pack. On the first lap Kyle had gained 3 positions and was battling with hardened Grand Prix veteran Anthony West for 11th place. By lap two he had then got up to 10th and had taken Kyle Smith. By lap five Kyle was in ninth and now it was fellow British rider Gino Rea that Kyle had to watch as they fought their way around this undulating circuit, Gino was also trying to improve as he had started 9th on the grid and was steadily dropping backwards. Half race distance and both Smith & West had now managed to get past Kyle and he was now in 12th chasing the Japanese rider Okubo. On lap eleven of this revised 13 lap race; Okubo had moved up to 10th place and Kyle was then left chasing yet another fellow Brit (Wildcard entry) Joe Francis.
This was how Kyle’s race was to remain with him moving up to 11th on the final two laps; Francis managed to stay in front of Kyle whilst Gino Rea remained behind him. Kyle finished two places higher than Soomer who started on his row on the grid, whilst Carricasulo failed to make the re-start.
Kyle’s next round in this World Series is back on the shores of Italy at the coastal circuit of Misano close to the holiday resort of Rimini and this takes place over the weekend of the 16th to 18th of June. Kyle will be looking to improve on his past results and hopefully have more success with his bike & team.
Kyle would like to thank all of his Family friends and supporters for coming to his home round, without you all; this dream wouldn’t be possible, thank you.
After the Donington round Kyle is now 7th in the World Supersport Championship.