As Kyle Ryde and Schmidt racing head to East Germany, this weekend marks something of a turning point for Kyle and the team.
Kyle gets going in Germany
After what can only be described as an eventful 2016, it is hoped that things can now start to get back to normal for Kyle in the final four rounds of his debut WSS season.
It would be easy to forget that Kyle has been forced to move teams part way through the season and is now riding his third different bike of the campaign, it’s fair to say that no other rider in the WSBK paddock has had to face off track adversity on this scale in 2016.
Kyle has a pragmatic outlook on the events of this season and knows that in racing, anything can and does happen, on and off track. However, out of the adversity there have been positives, such as finding a seat with the Schmidt racing team and Kyle’s new found appreciation for the Kawasaki ZX6R, which he’s taken to like the proverbial duck to water.
We do have to be realistic with this weekends expectations though. This will be the first competitive outing on the new bike for both Kyle and Nico Terol, so there’s likely going to be a certain period of bedding in and getting the setup dialled before we can hope to see both riders performing as we know they can.
Riding for the Schmidt racing team has been a breath of fresh air for Kyle, after the disappointing end to the relationship with team Ranieri med, but it’s been a real boost for Kyle to find a team that have the necessary skills and resources to mount something of a challenge, maybe not in the remaining races of this season but with the correct preparation who knows what next year may bring.
The Lausitzring (or Eurospeedway Lausitz, to give it it’s full name) is large racing and testing complex in eastern Germany, built on the site of a former coal mine and home of continental Europe’s only oval Superspeedway.
The idea for revitalising the mining-scarred landscape for motor sport use was first suggested in the mid-1980s, while the region was still part of Communist East Germany. Off-road motorcycle racing was already popular in the area and creating the country’s first permanent circuit was a tempting prospect for political leaders. Plans began to be formulated but where ultimately put on hold by German reunification.
By the mid-1990s, new impetus was given to the project by the need to find a replacement for the AVUS street circuit in Berlin, which was coming to the end of its life thanks to the capital’s increased traffic and general safety concerns. In 1991 a development company was established to find a suitable location, with the former Meuro open mine site eventually winning out. In 1995, blessing for the project was given by the State government and the detailed planning began.
Groundbreaking on the new facility began in June 1998 but protests by a residents group brought proceedings to a halt two months later. Equally vociferous demonstrations by Motorsport enthusiasts saw the green light given for construction to resume and, over the next 18 months the circuit complex began to emerge. The foundation stone of the main grandstand was laid in May 1999, followed in June by the first asphalting work. The final topping-out ceremony was held on 2 December 1999.
Getting to Lausitzring
Eurospeedway Lausitz is located at Klettwitz, in the state of Brandenburg in Eastern Germany. The nearest international airports are at Dresden (around 30 minutes drive) or Berlin (Schönefeld is approximately a 75 minute drive away, while Tegel is around 90 minutes away by car).
The circuit is located alongside the main A13 Berlin-Dresden autobahn, with its own exit (15) leading to directly to the circuit entrance and car parks. Parking for 41,000 cars is available on site.
Travel by public transport is possible. Busses 610 (from Grossraeschen) or 627 (from Senftenberg and Lauchhammer) both stop at Meuro Mühle, from there it’s a 10 minute walk to the circuit. The nearest train stations are at Senftenberg or Grossraeschen from where it is a short taxi ride to the circuit. For certain events, shuttle busses are laid on from the station directly to the circuit – check the track or event websites for details.
As summer gently gives way to Autumn we are starting to see more in the way of wet races and it looks like this weekend at the Lausitzring will be no exception.
Fridays afternoon races could see a shower or two with around a 30% chance of rain and it’s likely that the whole of the card will be effected by rain on the Saturday.
Sunday has a similar outlook with rainfall overnight into Sunday morning looking more or less certain, it depends who’s forecast you want to go with but it looks like the chances of rain on Sunday for Kyles race are increasing the closer we get with around a 60% chance of a wet race for the Jacksdale rider.
Don’t miss any of the action
Kyle first takes to the track on Friday morning at 10:30 am for the first of the days free practice sessions. The second of these hour long practice sessions comes just after Lunch at 13:45, Unfortunately there’s no TV live coverage of Fridays action but you can keep up with progress by downloading the free WSBK app for live timing and an interactive circuit map.
Saturday morning gets underway for Kyle at 08:15 am UK time with a 15 minute free practice session and just a couple of hours later we see the Superpole 1 and Superpole 2 races at 10:30 and 10:55 respectively. Hopefully Kyle can force his way into Superpole 2 in practice to give himself a better starting position for Sundays race.
Sunday sees a quick 15 minute warm up at 8am UK time before the feature race of the Supersport weekend gets underway at 10:20am. Fingers crossed we’ll see some more Championship points by the time this weekend is over.
You can catch all of the action this weekend on Eurosport with live programmes starting at 09:15am on Saturday on Eurosport 2 and on Sunday live coverage will be broadcast on Eurosport 2 starting at 10am. Kyles race will be live from 10:20 am on Sunday.
There are numerous highlights programmes on offer across Saturday, Sunday and the following week so you’ll have ample time to catch at least some of the televised action this weekend. You can see a full run down of the coming weeks programmes here
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