Kyle was across the Channel this weekend (28th to 30th Sept 18) at the ‘Cathedral of Road Racing’ this being the Dutch ‘TT’ circuit of Assen, in the North of the Netherlands, this is a very famous venue on the Motorcycle racing calendar, which is steeped in history so much like the Isle of Man and is a circuit not to be missed for action.
Kyle was again taking part in the Support series for the British Superbike series and these being the 600cc Supersport class at the 11th round of this prestige series.
(Free Practise sessions & Qualifying)
With the brake issues of Oulton Park a few weeks ago clearly sorted now, Kyle’s free practises got off to a good start and he was moving around the top ten places during the 30 minute sessions. After both of the cloudy but dry sessions on Friday, Kyle was 4th in the first session with a 1.41.089 minute lap of this 2.8 mile long circuit. By the FP2 session Kyle was further down the leader board in 11th with a 1.41.856 lap, so Kyle was looking for better things on the Saturday Qualifying session.
Saturdays Qualifying laps were sunny & dry and the bike was giving Kyle a better feeling and he managed to get the bike into 6th place on the grid with a time of 1.40.402.
(Saturdays Sprint Race & Sunday Feature Race)
Kyle qualified well but the Sprint race result on Saturday didn’t really compliment were Kyle wanted to be as he finished down in 9th position after battling with the usual crowd of Wilford, Allingham, Perrin, Oliver etc. so off the back of this result the team were looking for better things for the warm up session and the main Feature race on Sunday.
The warm up session was positive after making some changes over night and Kyle was 4th fastest in the early morning session, however Kyle was experiencing some engine breaking difficulties and with no telemetry fitted to the bike, the team were struggling for data for other improvements, so basically Kyle was riding by the seat of his pants! The feature race saw the front trio of Seeley, Kennedy & Currie escape from the baying pack, but Kyle was trapped in this pack along with Perrin, Rispoli, Westy, Wilford & Oliver all trying to drag the pack towards the front leaders but to no avail. As the chequered flag was lowered and the leading trio took the laurels, Kyle and the rest of the adrenalin filled wolves’ fort it out to take the fourth slot onwards and all came within 10 thousands of a second of each other! Kyle having to settle for a well fort 10th place behind Tom Oliver, Wilford & Westmoreland, Seeley won the race from Kennedy & Currie.
Kyle would like to give huge thank you to Hassall racing team, Colin Wright and Kovara Projects for making these last few race meetings of the season happen and also to all the other sponsors and supporters of Team 77 who keep Kyle on track and believe in his capabilities as a truly remarkable rider. Kyle looks forward to seeing you all at the final round of the series at Brands Hatch on the weekend of the 12th to 14th of October.