Easter Fun for Ryde
The now mature 17yr Nottinghamshire two times British Motorcycle Champion Kyle Ryde, has been in action for the first time this season; this was at the British Superbike meeting at the local Donington Park Grand Prix circuit over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend. Kyle is having his second season with the Derbyshire based CF Motorsport Team, owned by ex-Superbike rider Craig Fitzpatrick. This team is run under the PacedayZ Trackday banner.
After last year’s impressive second British title win and winning the 600cc Superstock class in his first season in this series, Kyle has now moved up again to the higher class of the aggressive 600cc Supersport series. This is the sister series to the Superbike class and has several ex Superbike riders in this class, so the competition is fierce!
Free practice started on Easter Saturday and Kyle set the precedence by being the quickest of the bunch, but as the Qualifying sessions came into play some of the other formidable contenders had come to the front and had started to match Kyle’s lap times, so by the end of the qualifying period, Kyle was on the front row of the grid and in the second slot, with Luke Stapleford on Pole and former PacedayZ rider Jake Dixon alongside Kyle taking up the 3rd slot.
Sunday was the first race day for Kyle and this took place late in the afternoon. As the start lights went out, Kyle headed into the first right hand corner of Redgate and was close up with the front bunch of Dixon, Stapleford, Irwin & Wilson, most of them veterans in this particular class of racing, whilst Kyle was the ‘New Kid on the block’.
With the race developing into pockets of riders, Kyle managed to keep with the leading trio but he just couldn’t quite get the upper hand of Glenn Irwin, in order to take that step onto his first ever podium in the British Supersport series. Finishing fourth, he would have to wait another day for the chance to climb that podium!
Monday’s race day came with a sundrenched race track and a huge crowd attending this Bank holiday Superbike meeting; Kyle was again up for the podium slot. yesterday’s race determined the grid positions and these were in order of the quickest lap times of the Sunday race, so Kyle was now on the second row in fourth position on the grid.
With a good hole shot off the grid he was again up with the front runners, but this time they weren’t going to be so hard to compete with and with a lot of fairing bashing and constant changing of positions. Kyle really spoilt the party at the front, for sometime in the race he was in a good second position, but the more experienced Stapleford managed to fight back and fellow Supersport veteran Glenn Irwin was also on the attack too.
Kyle was determined that this race he was going to be on that podium and as he came out of Goddard’s bend onto the start & finish straight. He put the PacedayZ machine across the line ahead of Irwin to take the 3rd place on that podium, whilst throwing his hands in the air with expressing the joy of his first ever podium on a Supersport Bike.
Let’s hope that there will be many more podiums to come this season as Kyle is now a strong equal 3rd in the Championship along side Irwin.