Ryde to make BSB debut after Supersport departure
Mansfield motorcyclist Kyle Ryde will make his debut in the MCE British Superbike championship this weekend.
He will be a stand-in rider for the Quattro Plant FS-3 Kawasaki squad for the Brands Hatch season finale due to an injury to Billy McConnell.
It is a positive end to a week that started for the 20-year-old with the sad news that he had left the Puccetti Kawasaki team in World Supersport with two rounds remaining following what had been a disappointing year that sees him currently twelfth in the championship standings.
Ryde said: "I am so happy that the Quattro Plant FS-3 Kawasaki team have given me this opportunity at Brands Hatch because opportunities like this don’t come about too often.
"I'm really looking forward to a new chapter and a new beast which the superbike is! I have never ridden one before but I'm sure I can get to grips with it.
"Hopefully, we can have some dry track time before the three big races with the fast lads of the UK. I will be trying my best with no expectations and go into the weekend ready to enjoy myself."
Earlier in the week, Ryde's departure from World Supersport was revealed in a statement by Puccetti Kawasaki who said that it was with "sadness" that they were announcing "the amicable ending" of their partnership "with immediate effect and by mutual agreement."
They explained: "This is due to a number of performance and financial reasons agreed between Puccetti team and Kyle which have regrettably not reached fruition.
"Being in a high profile world-championship winning team seemed, initially, like a dream come true for Kyle but, as the season unfolded and despite the committed hard work from both Kyle and the team’s technical personnel, it became clear that the team’s structure could not successfully accommodate Kyle’s needs whilst also focussing on another rider likely to win a world Championship.
"Unfortunately, Kyle also found that his lap times on the differently configured and lower specification Ninja ZX-6R ridden at the end of last season were considerably better.
"With these factors in mind, the hard decision was made that Kyle should step down to provide the team with the immediate opportunity to run with another rider at the final two rounds of the championship.
"The partnership was formed with genuine positive intent and goodwill and so Kyle would like to wish everyone at the Puccetti Racing Team every future success and to also wish Kenan a full and speedy recovery from his recent injuries.
"Kyle would also like to take this time to thank everyone involved, particularly his sponsors, Jonathan Rea and all the Team 77 members.
"This now gives Kyle time to look ahead and focus on next season and his future racing career."
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