Rain and low temperatures have characterized the first two practice sessions at Assen on Friday.
In the first session, many riders were outside of the qualifying time limit due to the extreme slipperiness of the track but Kyle was riding well, with lap times between the tenth and fifteenth position. Ten minutes from the end of FP1 however, a high side at turn 5 forced him to prematurely end the session, whilst in fifteenth position overall.
Unfortunately, Kyle suffered a very painful injury to his left foot and ankle in the incident but thankfully nothing was broken. Riding with ligament damage, Kyle was in severe pain in the second session which undoubtedly stunted his progress in qualifying for the Superpole races.
With the previous days incident in mind, it was virtually impossible for Kyle to place above his eventual twenty first position in the first of Saturdays Superpole races. Saturday was at least dry for the first time but in what looked to be Kyles fastest lap, he came into contact with Nico Terol’s MV Agusta which forced Kyle into the gravel and ended the possibility of him improving his starting position on the grid for Sundays race.
“It seems it is impossible for me to have a quiet race weekend at the moment. Friday morning everything was going great, then the high side in turn 5 ruined all our plans….. Yesterday I just couldn’t shift gears for the pain.
Things went a bit better on Saturday and we were hoping to get down to around a 1’41” but in my best lap I came into contact with Nico Terol and had to ease off after going in the gravel.
Tomorrow I’m starting so far back I’ll be forced to try and make a big comeback.”