Stars at Darley
Kyle has taken part in the final race meeting of the season at the local Race Club ‘Darleymoor’, which is close to Ashbourne in Derbyshire this weekend.
This is a circuit were Kyle spent some of his early career, learning his race craft and competing against other local talent that was also looking to progress into the higher echelon of motorcycle racing, namely the British Championship and beyond.
This National meeting always brings in talented riders from the entire British race series such as Superbikes, Superstock, Supersport etc. and also the Road Racers from the ‘TT’ including the Legendry John McGuiness 24 times a ‘TT’ winner who is currently on a Norton. Other riders included a close friend of Kyle and another Local Winner of the ‘Stars at Darley’ Richard Cooper, who is currently riding the Bennetts Buildbase Suzuki in the British Superbikes, whilst Kyle has taken the opportunity to ride the Local Businessman ‘Craig Milner’s’ machine which is a Triumph 675. This was a good offering for Kyle as the Triumph machine’s is one that as always eluded him in his career so far, so he was more than grateful when Craig came up with this chance to see how well this smaller capacity machine would handle & perform against the mightier 1000cc machines, which most riders at the ‘Stars’ meeting choose to ride, just purely for straight line speed.
(Practise & Qualifying)
Kyle’s Qualifying was on the Sunday morning and after a cold & wet Saturdays free Practise, this was a much better day enabling him to get in some good lap times and qualifying sixth on the grid for the two legs of the main race this being ‘The Stars at Darley’ later in the day’s events. Kyle’s lap times and eventual race times I’m sure would have broken the Clubs lap times for a 600cc machine. His qualifying time was 54.88 second lap 1.91 seconds behind Richard Cooper who was on pole position on a 1000cc Suzuki which is a Factory supported machine.
credit to Tony Else (Races 7 & 12 ‘Stars at Darley’)
Kyle was in the centre of the grid and on the second row; an excellent place to be in, once the pack reacted to the race lights going out, this positioned him in a good place for the first chicane and during the first race he was fighting with the front pack of Cooper Jeacock, Jackson & Godfrey for a while, but the power of the larger capacity machines allowed them to break away, so Kyle was then leading the second group of riders of Ben Scranage, Tom Fisher & John McGuiness, whilst his race awning mate ‘Josh Daley ‘ took up the rear of this pack. Cooper crossed the line with a good overall lead on Jeacock & Godfrey, whilst Kyle came home in a very respectable 6th place.
There was a delay to the second leg of the ‘Stars’ event, due to a machine failure in the previous race and placing oil down on the track, so with the sighting lap out of the way the red lights went out and again the pack raced away toward the first chicane. This second leg was proving to be a virtual repeat of the first race, however Kyle did manage to hold onto the leaders for a little longer and this time he managed to secure a fifth place ahead of Tom Fisher & John McGuiness, proving that the Triumph machine was an excel lent little machine and that Kyle was a very accomplished rider to be able to race this smaller capacity bike against all of the mightier machines of the other various manufacturers. Kyle was awarded Fifth place overall, working on the aggregates of the two race legs lap times & positions and awarding him with the accolade of being the first 600cc machine through the chequered flag.
(Kyle would personally like to thank Craig for his help over the weekends racing.)