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Snetterton Round 4 Review

The ‘Racers return’ Round 4 of the British Superbikes

After a month’s lay-off due to the Superbike Race Teams commitments to the Isle of Man TT races, the Superbike circus is back on the road and off to the East of the country and the 3 mile long! Norfolk circuit called Snetterton 300. This beautiful race circuit underwent a major redevelopment in 2010 when the track was transformed to become one of the best entertaining circuits in the UK.  So as you can imagine with Kyle having a month’s break from racing, he is eager to get back on a bike and do what he’s best at doing! and there’s no better place to start than at Snetterton.

(Free Practise sessions)

   With the warm June weather still continuing to lap our shores, Kyle had two free practise sessions as normal and in good dry conditions with a light breeze; one of these sessions was in the morning and the other mid afternoon. The first session saw Kyle down in 21st spot, sandwiched between Gino Rea & Shaun Winfield with a gap from the pole position rider of 3.48 seconds. However in the afternoon session Kyle managed to get into the 1.50 minute laps and closed the gap to the pole sitter to 2.87, unfortunately Kyle was still down in 21st place with Mason Law just in front of him and French rider Sylvain Barrier back down in 22nd.

Saturday was a rather cooler day with a lot of cloud but again dry conditions for the final free practise session & Qualifying. Kyle was straight out as the 3rd free practise session got underway, Kyle had quite a variety of pit stops during this final FP session and as the chequered flag was waved to end the 45 minute slot, Kyle improved his position by one place to 20th, behind Gino Rea and above Barrier the Frenchman.

Kyle eventually broke the 1.50 second a lap mark with a 1.49.905 lap; only having a 2.33 second gap from the pole mans position, so it just shows how close these top 20 riders are in these practice sessions and just that small bit of extra power can make all the difference between being on the front row or four rows behind.

(Qualifying)

Kyle was looking to improve on his FP lap times during the qualifying sessions and hopefully start to climb up the Leader Board, to be nearer to the pace of which he has been accustomed too in the past race series of which he has participated in. But this wasn’t to be; and even though he did improve again on his best FP lap; achieving a 1.49.804, unfortunately this wasn’t enough to carry him through to Q2, so again he is in the company of Gino Rea & Barrier down in 21st place on the grid for tomorrows races. However; we must not forget; that this is a huge learning curve for both Kyle & the team members and only time will tell as to where this next chapter in Kyle’s racing career will go.

(Warm-Up & Race Day)

Kyle’s warm-up didn’t really go to plan and his time of 151.565 wasn’t going to inspire him for the races ahead, so after a team briefing and with Kyle’s’ lack of confidence; it was decided to withdraw from the weekend’s race.

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KR#77

all photos credit to Michael Hallam Photography