Ryde is hunting them down yet again!
East Midlands Motorcycle Champion Kyle Ryde has been taking part in the 3rd round of the British 600cc Supersport Championship at the picturesque Cheshire circuit of Oulton Park.
This is run alongside the very popular British Superbike Championship, a series which is becoming increasingly popular World-wide, with a huge presence of foreign riders. For Kyle, this visit to the Cheshire circuit is more of a hunting trip for the podium again. After a brace of wins in the last two rounds at Brands Hatch and Donington, going into this weekend’s races in a strong third place in the Championship.
Saturday was the free practice day and Kyle’s old adversary from last year’s Superstock Championship Andy Reid, fired himself to the top of the timing board in the opening free practice session, remaining on top over the combined sessions after the afternoon session which took place in damp conditions. Reid crashed out at Lodge, whilst Kyle himself crashed at Hizzy’s after racing to blistering 2 seconds ahead of the pack. Series leader Stapleford was second fastest in the dry ahead of Jake Dixon.
Qualifying on Sunday was again in very damp conditions; fortunately with some fine dry lines for the riders to follow and Kyle was making full use of these by topping the qualifying session at several points during the session, to finally end on the second row of the grid in 5th place for the first of the two weekend races later in the afternoon.
Race 1 (Sunday)
The late afternoon race saw Jake Dixon take the hole-shot but Stapleford soon took over at the front of the leading pack, with Irwin, Rispoli, Kyle & Andy Reid all in hot pursuit.
Stapleford & Irwin gained the break and a five bike scrap behind them saw Rispoli, Wilson & Dixon all crashing out, leaving Kyle in a now very secure 3rd place with Reid in fourth. Sam Hornsey’s bike blew up on the tenth lap, so with the race red-flagged and the race result declared giving Stapleford the victory with Irwin second and Kyle taking a respectable third.
Race 2 (Bank Holiday Monday)
Monday’s second race action started with Irwin making the break ahead of series leader Stapleford with Rispoli third, Kyle was fourth followed by Reid and Dixon. Stapleford made a move on Irwin on the second lap, but then by the eighth lap Stapleford was in the pits with engine problems, this left Kyle to take the lead from Irwin. With Kyle’s Father eagerly waving him on from the pit wall, this was turning into some racing battle for Kyle, with Dixon & Reid coming into the frame once again!
As the safety car came out for three laps, Irwin got into the lead from Kyle once again, then as they came to the final couple of laps, Reid’s move on the leading duo catapulted him from 3rd to 1st in one foul swoop and took everyone by surprise, but on the next lap Reid was up and out of the saddle as his machine almost high-sided him, this unnerved Irwin and a stalking Dixon made his move followed quickly by Kyle and Andy Reid, leaving Irwin with a lot of ground to make up. This leading trio almost crossed the line together, Dixon taking the win from Kyle then Reid, with Irwin having to settle for fourth.
Kyle is now second overall in the Championship, just one point behind the series leader Luke Stapleford, the next round takes place after the Isle of Man TT races in June.
Round 4 takes place at Snetterton the East Anglia circuit, on the weekend of 19th-21st June.