Kyle fights for the Championship!
Nottinghamshire Motorcycle Champion Kyle Ryde has been taking part this weekend in the penultimate round of the Motopoint British Supersport 600cc Motorcycle Championship, being held at the Grand Prix circuit of Silverstone in Northamptonshire. Kyle goes into this 11th round in the championship in second place in his ‘Rookie year’, but his dreams of winning the championship are almost over, as championship Leader Luke Stapleford only requires eight point to clinch the title, so other than some major disaster, Luke has the series sewn up!
Stapleford started the opening day on track by topping the free practise leader board and American James Rispoli bidding for his first win in the series, began the weekend strongly, whilst Kyle was running back in seventh position on his ‘PacedayZ Trackdays’ Yamaha, Kyle’s arch rival on track Jake Dixon was fifth fastest. Qualifying Was a similar scenario with all the riders that were all fighting for the quick laps, were still all chasing that top spot on the grid, but Stapleford managed to hold on to the pole position, with Irwin alongside and American Rispoli claiming the last spot on the front row, whilst Kyle came in 5th alongside Hornsey, with Dixon on his outside, centre stage on the second row is not too bad a place to be for this young rookie rider.
Saturdays Sprint Race
All the eyes were on Kyle; a lot of pressure for this 18yr in this very aggressive Supersport 600 series, but as the lights went out the pressure became more evident as the pack charged off for this first lap of this historical Grand Prix circuit and not too long into the lap, Kyle was yet again left out on the edge by rival Dixon and with nowhere to go!
Kyle had to trail his brake and ride across the tarmac run-off not grass like Oulton Park! Something that Silverstone allows them to do with the F1 taking place there, so with this incident knocking Kyle’s confidence and having to re-join the pack without gaining any places, Kyle had to settle back down in the pack in 7th place behind the likes of Wilson, Dixon & Hornsey, as the Charge at the front of Stapleford, Rispoli & Irwin, were opening up a gap on this second bunch of riders.
As the race continued, Kyle had yet another moment whilst going down the inside of Ben Wilson, but again he managed to compose himself and carried on the fight in this second bunch of riders, finally overhauling Wilson & Hornsey, but his nearest rival in the championship Jake Dixon eluded Kyle’s attack and managed to hold on to fourth place, with Kyle coming home in a hard fought 5thplace.
Sundays Feature Race
As the grid lined up after the warm-up lap, Kyle sat pondering as to what he could do to stop the onslaught into his championship points by the likes of 3rd place rider Dixon and 4th place Irwin, as Kyle wants desperately to finish in a strong second place this season. But as they charged of the line it was obvious that all wasn’t well with Kyle, his body language showed this and something wasn’t quite right with the machine, as every corner Kyle was having to run wide and Kyle isn’t known for making that many mistakes, so with a technical hitch to the machine Kyle looked to be on to a losing battle!
By the second lap race leader Stapleford had problems and he withdrew from the race allowing Irwin & Rispoli to battle it out at the front. But with several fallers and the safety car out the pack started to bunch up, meanwhile Kyle was still battling with the problem with the bike and as the Safety car went in and the pack charged off again, Kyle struggled to match their pace and was swallowed up by Hedger & Collier relegating him back to 7th spot! Whilst Kyle was having his own problems!
Dixons hope of a podium spot or at least overtaking Kyle in the Standings went straight out the window, as Dixon tipped his bike into a left hander, he trailed too much front brake and down he went again, making it twice in this weekend’s meeting. With Irwin & Rispoli still battling it out at the front, Kyle managed to overhaul Hedger & Collier in the final laps to regain 5th place in the race, so with the chequered flag now being waved; Irwin took the win with Rispoli 2nd whilst Hornsey in third spot had his first podium of the season, veteran Ben Wilson came home in 4th, just ahead of Kyle in 5th.
Kyle still remains 2nd overall in the championship, whilst Dixon is now down in 4th behind race winner Irwin, who is in 3rd place only 16 points behind Kyle, with Dixon being 23 points behind. Kyle has it all to do in the final round of the season on the weekend of 17th – 18th Oct at the Kent circuit of Brands Hatch. Please give Kyle your support in achieving this second place in his rookie season in this fast pace support series to the British Superbikes Championship.
Photograph courtesy of Polarity Photographs