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More frustration as Ryde crashes out

19th September 2017

Mansfield motorcyclist Kyle Ryde remains tenth in the standings in this year's World Supersport championship after crashing out on the second lap of the latest race at the weekend.

The 20-year-old, who is the second highest British rider in the championship, had been hoping to improve on his recent low finishes at the Portimao circuit in Portugal to build momentum towards the end of this year's competition.

Ryde finished in fifteenth spot in the practice session on Friday and, after struggling once more with the handling of the Kawasaki machine, adjusments were made to the handlebars, giving Ryde a bit more confidence with how his bike was reacting but the change would ultimately prove costly in Sunday's race.

Despite going more quickly, he dropped to seventeenth in the warm-up session on Sunday, but this did not dampen Ryde's enthusiasm as he gained five places on the first lap of the race and was battling with fellow Spanish based British racer Kyle Smith and Italian rider Gamarino for tenth place.

Ryde was looking good and, with new gained confidence in the front end of his machine, started his second lap with good intentions but, going into turn seven of the circuit, the front end of his machine tucked under, ending any chances of yet another good finish to these European rounds of the season.

Ryde will now be hoping to shake off the bad luck when the championship moves to France and the Magny-Cours circuit at the end of the month.

Meanwhile, fund raising has begun in order to help the Mansfield youngster complete the season, including a raffle for a car that has been kindly donated by Draycott Motors of Sutton-in-Ashfield.

More details are on Kyle’s website at www.kyleryderacing.co.uk, only a few remaining tickets are left and it is to be drawn on the 7th of October at the Jacksdale Dale Club.


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