Blistering Pace set by Rookie Ryde
Kyle Ryde the 17yr old Nottinghamshire Motorcycle Champion was this weekend competing in his second round of the Motorpoint British Supersport series at the International circuit of Brands Hatch in Kent, a support series with the British Superbike Championship.
Kyle came out on top of Friday’s free practice sessions while his leading rivals Luke Stapleford and Jake Dixon were third and seventh fastest respectively. Saturday was the main race qualifying day and again Kyle was on the pace, outgunning Irishman Glenn Irwin and also Midlands Rider Luke Stapleford to win a three way shoot-out for pole position for the afternoon’s Sprint race.
Riding the CF Motorsport, PacedayZ Trackdays Yamaha, Kyle scorched inside the Indy circuit lap record with a best time of 46.242s and that was just enough to keep him on top of the leaderboard and in pole position on the grid for the afternoons race. Irwin mounted a late challenge closing within 0.082s, whilst Luke Stapleford had to settle for third fastest, 0.126secs down aboard his Profile Triumph. Local rider Jake Dixon was on the second row, onboard the Smiths Triumph ahead of Sam Hornsey, on the second of the Profile Triumphs, whilst he was alongside Kyle’s old adversary from last season Irishman Andy Reid.
Saturday’s Sprint Race
Saturday’s Sprint race was later in the afternoon sunshine, but the track temperature wasn’t too great; however this was turning into a bit of a nightmare for Kyle & the PacedayZ Team as with only around four minutes to go before the warm-up lap, the generator on Kyle’s machine was failing, but with quick reactions the team sorted the problem out and had the young Nottinghamshire rider out on the circuit for the warm-up lap.
Kyle quickly took command of the lead in the race, although on the second lap Irwin nosed his Gearlink Kawasaki ahead. Irwin’s lead was to be shortlived as Kyle grabbed the initiative going into Paddock on the fourth lap and once ahead, eased, lap by lap towards a comfortable victory, crossing the line 3.563secs clear of his Irish rival Irwin, with Luke Stapleford coming home in a strong third place. Kyle went on to comment about the team’s exploits and said that he couldn’t thank Craig Fitzpatrick enough, as he sorted the bike for him just before the race.
He then went on to comment how he followed Glenn for a couple of laps to see where he was faster and what he was doing then went on to pass him into turn one and was able to pull away from him. Glenn Irwin had no answer to Kyle’s race pace and he said that: “Kyle had ridden phenomenally – he got the the gap on me and I thought I had the pace to go with him, but I hadn’t. Kyle is going to have a huge future in racing.”
Sunday – Main Race
Sunday was the main race day and once again Kyle went out in the early morning warm-up session as if he was on fire, setting the quickest lap time quite early on in this twelve minute dash! The afternoon race was delayed by 30 minutes due to a race incident in the previous Superstock race. So as the grid lined up with Kyle remaining on pole position from him setting the quickest lap in the Saturday’s race, (during this race Kyle set a new lap record for the 1.2 mile Indy circuit) the pack set off for Paddock Hill bend and the steep right hand swoop towards Hailwood rise and Druids. Stapleford got the ‘hole-shot’ followed by Irwin, Respoli and Dixon whilst Kyle slotted into 5th place.
As the race developed this leading pack broke away from the rest of the riders and this was going to be a 5-way battle, Kyle battled his way through firstly American rider Respoli, then Jake Dixon and by half race distance (20 lap race) he was up to 3rd place and had yet again shattered the Lap record, recording a 46.176 lap of this very short circuit, again he managed to get past Irwin and was closing in on the Kawasaki machine of Stapleford, but time and laps were running out for this Rookie of the series and with poor tyre conditions starting to show, he came home in a very respectable 2nd place, with Jake Dixon managing to also push Irwin back to 4th.
Kyle is now equal second overall in the Supersport Championship and is also equal with Jake Dixon in the Fastest Lap League, whilst he is top of the Rookie Championship in his series.
Kyle’s next round in this exciting full-on series, takes place in two weeks time at the Cheshire circuit of Oulton Park over the May Bank Holiday weekend.