Kingdom of Ryde!
Local Motorcycle Hero Kyle Ryde and the CF Motorsport PacedayZ Trackdays Yamaha Team have ventured North to the ‘Kingdom of Fife’, home to the Scottish Motorsports centre at the Beautiful circuit of Knockhill, where Kyle has been taking part in the 5th Round of the ‘Motorpoint’ British Supersport Motorcycle Championship.
The free practise sessions on Friday found Kyle struggling to match the pace of Championship Leader Stapleford, Irwin & Jake Dixon who has finally come to the fore and is starting to match the pace of this leading duo, whilst Kyle only managed a fifth & sixth position going into Saturday’s qualifying session.
Kyle went into qualifying showing a more determined mood and with the pack shuffling around between Kyle, Stapleford & Dixon, Kyle looked to have done enough when Dixon stripped him of his pole position, only to himself be shunted down the order when Stapleford snatched pole in the final minutes and then ended by crashing out on his last lap, only 0.126 seconds split these front row riders, with title contender Irwin on the second row of the grid for the afternoons sprint race.
Saturday Sprint Race
Kyle went into Saturdays sprint race full of enthusiasm to win and headed for the lead right from the Red lights, but a charging Irwin with a completely new bike set-up took the lead from Kyle on the 3rd lap and again by the 6th lap Kyle was back in charge! Whilst at the rear Irwin was fighting to hold off Stapleford and Dixon, but the gritty Irishman pounced again on Kyle taking the lead and Stapleford followed suit, pushing Kyle back into 3rd and into the mix with Dixon.
With three laps to go and now doing battle with Dixon, the worst scenario happened and Dixon’s machine decided to high side it’s rider but not before hitting Kyle’s clutch lever and bending it! With all this drama unfolding in front of Kyle’s eye’s the leading duo of Irwin & Stapleford managed to open up a gap on Kyle and went onto cross the chequered flag a few minutes ahead of Kyle with his beaten up machine.
Motorpoint British Supersport Championship, Knockhill
18 Lap Sprint race result:
1: Glenn Irwin (Gearlink Kawasaki)
2: Luke Stapleford (Profile Triumph) +0.358s
3: Kyle Ryde (PacedayZ Trackdays Yamaha) +3.983s
4: Sam Hornsey (Profile Triumph) +11.344s
5: James Rispoli (Team Traction Control Yamaha) +11.379s
Photograph courtesy of Double Red
Dixon falling in front of Kyle after a horrendous high side in which his machine struck Kyle’s
Sundays Race was the main supersport race of the weekend and unlike the short 18 lap sprint race of yesterday, this was a full 26 action packed laps of this undulating Scottish circuit.
The race was surprisingly a ‘Dry-race’ something that they don’t seem to experience much on this high positioned track in ‘Fife’ and as the Pack hurtled off towards ‘Duffus dip’ Kyle got lost among the front runners and went down into the dip in around 6th place. However by lap 2 he was in fourth place and challenging for the front with usual runners Dixon, Stapleford & Irwin who was starting to gap the rest of the pack.
This was turning into a nail biting race and as Kyle started to make headway into 2nd place with Stapleford and Dixon close behind, Irwin’s team mate ‘Ben Wilson’ crashed on the 11th lap and the safety car was deployed, this bunched all the riders up for a few laps. So as the Safety car entered the pit lane on lap 15 of 26, Irwin made a run for the start line and heading towards ‘Duffus Dip’ once more, however what he didn’t plan for was that Kyle got a slipstream from his machine up the start and finish straight and then shot straight by the Irishman and he was the first down the hill.
Kyle started to open up a gap on Irwin and Stapleford and Dixon were also having there on little battle somewhat further back, but as the race was coming to its final few laps Irwin was starting to reel Kyle back in. With just a couple of laps remaining Kyle came across a back marker and this rider clearly didn’t understand the reason behind being shown a ‘Blue’ flag from the Marshals posts, because for almost half a lap, he completely blocked Kyle’s race-lines and when he did eventually moved over at around Railway Bends this allowed Irwin to charge through.
Kyle was having none of this though and as Irwin was approaching the hairpin, Kyle dived down the inside, leaving Irwin totally bewildered as to where Kyle had come from, so with only the drag up to the chequered flag insight, Kyle stormed to victory, whilst Irwin still reeling in shock from Kyle’s move was also passed by Jake Dixon who during all the hold up’s was back with the leaders.
Motorpoint British Supersport Championship, Knockhill, 26 Lap Feature race result:
1: Kyle Ryde (PacedayZ Trackdays Yamaha)
2: Jake Dixon (Smiths Triumph) + 0.647
3 Glenn Irwin (Gearlink Kawasaki) + 0.723
4: Luke Stapleford (Profile Triumph) +1.823
5: Sam Hornsey (Profile Triumph) + 3.742
Championship Standings ahead of the next meeting at Brands Hatch on the 17th 19th July are: Glenn Irwin 172 points, Kyle Ryde on 171 points -1 and Luke Stapleford 169 points -3
Photograph courtesy of Double Red