No extended Birthday Party for Ryde!
Kyle Ryde has just celebrated his coming of age with a party last weekend at the home of his parents.
Family and close friends were all in attendance to cheer on this talented British Champion and drink to the future for this ‘Young man’ who for several years now has been the burden of many a senior rider. However, there was to be no extended party at the 7th round of the Motorpoint British Supersport round at the super fast Hampshire circuit of Thruxton.
This ex Bomber base is one of the fastest circuits in the UK and the CF Motorsport Pacedayz Team were under no illusion that the Yamaha machine of Kyle’s would be able to match the speed of both the Triumph and the Kawasaki machines had to offer.
Friday Free Practice
Friday was the usual free practice day and Kyle had a reasonable start showing a strong third place after the first session, with both the Profile Team Triumphs just in front of him.
By the second practice though Kyle was down into sixth position, with other riders such as Dixon, Irwin, Wilson and American Champion Rispoli ahead of him. Qualifying saw Kyle’s leading Championship contender Stapleford dominate the qualifying session, lapping within a second inside the existing lap record, in order to place him on pole position on the grid for the Saturday 12 lap Sprint race. Kyle, who goes into the race trailing Luke by eight points in the Championship stakes, briefly led the warm & humid qualifying session but later slipped down the leaderboard to head the second row on his PacedayZ Trackdays Yamaha, American James Rispoli starts alongside Kyle with Luke Hedger on the outside slot.
Saturdays 12 lap ‘Sprint Race’ was totally dominated by Stapleford, who lead the entire race, whilst Kyle was embroiled in a three way battle with Rispoli and Stapleford’s team mate Hornsey, Kyle kept his Championship hopes alive with a late braking manoeuvre on Rispoli going into the chicane, this was on the dire last laps of the race and he managed to hold onto second place going over the line just in front of the American. Kyle said: “I got a decent start but messed up a bit through turn one, but if you make a little mistake at Church the pack is on you and you are then having to fight for a good position, so with Luke clearing off like he did!, this second place finish is like a win for me.”
Sunday’s Featured Race
Sunday’s Feature race was a fast 18 Lap blitz for Luke Stapleford yet again! Completely dominating from start to finish and matching the speed of the Superbikes around this fast sweeping circuit. For Kyle however this was starting to be again a three way clash with Stapleford’s teammate Sam Hornsey and Rispoli, just like the sprint race of the previous day. Lap three of the race saw the Safety car out on the circuit due to a few fallers and a fair bit of debris on the track, so for a brief time this bunched the front pack back up again with Wilson & Hedger bringing up the next bunch.
As the safety car turned in on lap 6, Stapleford made the holeshot again, leaving the rest of the pack to fight it out and for the next 12 laps that’s exactly what they did! By lap 9 Kyle was struggling not only with front tyre issues, but the team had gone for some different settings to what they had used in the sprint race and this adjustment was also causing Kyle some problems. With Kyle losing confidence as he struggled with the front end of the machine, he had no choice but to back off before he came off!
By ¾ race distance he was lingering down in 6th place with the erratic bunch of riders slowly gaining a gap on him. As the final lap approached Reid, Rispoli, Hornsey, Irwin, Hedger, and Dixon were all virtually six abreast entering the chicane, when suddenly Dixon made a late breaking manoeuvre, clipping Rispoli and sending him and his bike sliding down the track.
The final stages
Going through the chequered flag, Reid & Dixon took the podium slots with Kyle coming home in a point’s finishing 6th place behind Irwin& Hedger, whilst Hornsey was given a 1 second penalty for overtaking during the Safety Car period, placing him back in 8th place, behind Wilson. Not a great position for Kyle to be in, but at least he managed to finish the race with some all important points in the bag to take to the next round at Cadwell Park on the weekend of 21st to 23rd of August and after all.
Let us not forget that this is Kyle’s ‘Rookie Year’ in this Championship.
Kyle with American Champion Rispoli and Sam Hornsey in close combat!
Old Superstock adversary Andy Reid follows Kyle on his celebration lap.
NOTE: These Photographs come courtesy of Polarity Photography