Ryde Wins At Brands
Mansfield born racer Kyle Ryde (pictured above with The Birchall Brothers, Mansfield sidecar legends) is now back in the class that perhaps suits him best for the time being and this is the much contested ‘Supersport’ class, the very class that he came second in; to Luke Stapleford back in 2015, with some unforgettable battles. Surprisingly though this time he is not on a normal ‘Supersport’ bike but a fully fledged ‘Moto 2’ machine, not dissimilar to the one’s used in the Moto GP circuit, Kyle’s bike is a Kalex framed bike using a Honda engine, these machines are; due to the MSVR regulations; around 10hp down on the ‘Supersport’ bikes, at around 125Bhp but also they are allowed to use Slick tyres on them. However with them having their own designer frames they are much lighter and obviously can turn quicker, they are just sometimes slower out of the corners, but once on the straights they really do go quick.
Kyle’s first race outing on this latest machine is taking part this weekend at the old International circuit of Brands Hatch, just over the Dartford crossing in Kent.
Kyle had only had a test day on this new Moto 2 machine at Silverstone, prior to hitching up the caravan and going down to Brands to race it, so it’s still very new to him and the Team, which incidentally is being run by his father Sean. Any help with set-ups etc is gratefully received at this moment in time and Kyle’s old Championship Team owner of Ryan Saxilby is doing just that. Kyle’ first free practise session on the Friday saw a dry track and wasn’t long before he was back up there within the top three riders out there and eventually finished the session in 7th place on the leaderboard, being the top Moto 2 rider out of a field of six machines.
The next time Kyle was out was in the Qualifying session on the Saturday morning and with sunny & dry track conditions, this was an ideal opportunity to show just what he can do with this Moto 2 machine, keen and eager as ever he was the second rider to appear on track for this 30 minute session. With 17 minutes of this Qualifying session to go Kyle pitted and when he came out at the ten minute stage, he was lying in 6th place between Rispoli & Josh Owens (Ryan’s rider) as the minutes ticked by though the riders upped their pace and this in turn knocked Kyle back down the leaderboard into 13th place on the grid, with one lap remaining available on the timings, Kyle pulled all the stops out and avoiding all the traffic which had previously kept his lap times down, he found a quick lap of 1.28.421 minute to finish 4th on the grid 0.336 off the pole setter & second place man in this Championship; Ben Currie on the Gearlink ‘Supersport’ bike.
Saturday's 12 lap sprint race was late in the day, so was a little cooler for this pack of hyped up adrenaline racers. Kyle had to bump start his bike on the grid as no starters are fitted to the Moto 2 bikes, unlike the Supersport machines. So as the red lights changed Kyle set off down Paddock Hill bend in his first ever Moto 2 race of his career, and managed a good start to place him in a strong 4th position on the opening lap of the full International circuit at this beautiful Kent circuit. After the first lap Currie took the lead with Allingham, Twyman, Perrie and then Kyle now in 5th, followed by Rispoli and then Owens on the RS machine.
This pack at the front started to break from the remaining riders and the running order didn’t change too much, with Perrin & Twyman changing places a couple of times and Owen getting the better of Rispoli and at one point actually challenging Kyle! By the penultimate lap of this 12 lap race Kyle was in a strong 5th place still, but unfortunately the race was stopped as RS Team rider Dutchman ‘Boer boom’ crashed heavily and the standings were made final.
However; Kyle was awarded the top GP2 honours and so he did manage to be on the Podium along with the other three Supersport winners, something that is helping to restore his confidence in racing.
With roughly 50,000 spectators at this very warm & sunny meeting Kyle was going to try is best to impress!! So when the Red lights went out he got a good start and was third going up towards Druids and as they came through on the very first lap it was Currie leading with Allingham, then Kyle, Twyman, Wilford and the next Moto2 bike of Owens. On lap 4 Kyle was having problems with his front tyre but he managed to work around it to get the best he could out of it, something that the Superbikes had been having a similar problem with. By lap 5 of this 18 lap race; the front three bikes had gained a slight advantage on the rest of the pack behind and Kyle was now up into second place, passing Allingham on the EHA Racing Yamaha Supersport bike, but Josh Owens wasn’t far behind either by now. On lap 10 Owen had passed Allingham on the run up to the start line to take 3rd place in this race train and this train was gaining more momentum on the rest of the pack, with Currie opening a substantial lead. Having to tackle more back markers; Kyle had to try and stay focus, as one wrong move and Owens would have been right on him, putting his second place in jeopardy. However; Kyle stayed calm and collective and managed to stave off any challenge from Josh and as the race went into the penultimate lap Currie put his arm in the air, indicating to other riders that he had a problem, Kyle saw this and turned the wick up, as he could see a ideal opportunity to bring home the first ever win for himself and a Moto 2 bike in the British Supersport Championship.
So with the last lap looming and Owens all over the back of his machine, Kyle managed to bring his new steed home to the chequered flag, to assure himself and all of his fans & followers that he can still ride a motorcycle and still win races, when everything comes together.
"GET IN!!!!" Quote of the day from Kyle’s father.
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