Frustration for Ryde at Imola
Mansfield motorbike racer Kyle Ryde suffered a nightmare weekend as he crashed out of the fifth round of the Supersport World Championship at the famous Italian circuit of Imola.
The 19-year-old was optimistically looking forward to the stage having already picked up top ten finishes in Australia, Thailand and Spain.
But, things started to go awry in the Friday free practice sessions when Ryde slipped heavily on some oil which was left from an earlier Superbike crash of Michael Van De Mark’s machine.
It badly damaged his machine and also totally wrote his helmet off that did a tremendous job in protecting him.
This did not deter Ryde, however, from trying to recover what he could and, during qualifying, he set the fastest lap in Superpole 1 with a time of 1min 52.4secs taking him through to Superpole 2, now up against the best of the grid.
He then managed to finish qualifying in ninth position with a time of 1min 52.5secs, starting on the grid alongside Kyle Smith and French rider Jules Cluzel.
Sunday, though, proved a frustrating day with the race stopped twice, the first time on the opening lap with Ryde in seventh spot.
The second attempt ended on the third lap due to a three bike crash with Ryde in tenth place.
That led to a delay as the race was put back after the weekend's main Superbike contest due to TV scheduling.
And, as Ryde and his team had exhausted their choices of tyre under the rules implemented by the organisers, they had no option but to put a hard compound tyre on the bike that did not suit the very hot conditions.
Ryde had an excellent start and, during this first lap, he was battling with team mate Turkish five times world champion Kenan Sofuoglu and was up to a strong sixth place in the pack.
But, his Kawasaki bike was struggling for grip and, as he came around to the start and finish straight for the second time, the back tyre slipped and spat Ryde off with the remaining pack narrowly missing him as they sped away from the corner.
It brought an end to a disappointing few days for Ryde, who is now seventh in the championship standings, but he will be back in action over the May 26th to 28th weekend at the UK’s Donington Park circuit.
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