Birthday victory for race ace Ryde

Kyle Ryde''Photo by Graham Norton
Kyle Ryde''Photo by Graham Norton

Jacksdale motorcycling star Kyle Ryde recorded his latest victory at the weekend in the support 600cc Superstock Motorcycle series race of the British Superbikes.

The meeting was held at the world-famous Brands Hatch circuit in Kent and the victory continues an increasingly impressive season for the 17-year-old, who now sits in a strong second position in the Championship, behind the Irishman Andy Reid.

After spending the previous weekend in the saddle raising funds to sponsor his motorcycle racing exploits in the British Championship, Kyle, who celebrated his birthday this week, was raring to go.

After the qualifying sessions, Kyle was placed in seventh position overall, which put him back on the third row of the grid for the race.

The race conditions were dry on Sunday and by the end of lap one, he had stormed to the front end of the field.

By halfway through the race, Kyle Ryde was starting to take command and was firmly in control at the front, while earlier leader Andrew Irwin was now coming under intense pressure from Leicester rider Joe Collier and ex-Motocross rider Nick Anderson.

This little group started to lose track of leader Ryde, who was opening a gap.

He could smell his second race win of the season and was determined to hang on to his position. By lap 12, he had a 1.4 second lead over Irwin in second, who incidentally had some scary moments during his battle with the other riders in the group.

As the chequered flag came out, a jubilant Kyle Ryde took the race win, followed by Joe Collier, who eventually got the better of Irwin.

This was a good birthday treat for Ryde, who is now sitting second in the Championship, behind Andy Reid, with only 24 points difference.

The championship has now reached the mid-season point, with eight rounds left to close that gap even further.