Young Jacksdale racer Kyle Ryde has been in action again for a fifth consecutive weekend.
Kyle and his father Sean flew to the Tuscany circuit of Mugello near Florence for the ninth round of the Moto GP Redbull Rookies Cup.
Qualifying proved a nightmare for the teenager, as the rain fell during the qualifying session and he failed to achieve a good qualifying position, starting from a lowly 23rd place on the grid.
The red lights went out on the race and as the pack charged up the first of many hills, Kyle settled in for a hard race to try and make headway.
The race broke into packs of five riders or more, all having their own race. Kyle was in one of these, eventually having a final tussle with Joe Roberts (USA) Azmi Hafiq (Malta) Max Enderlein (Gemany) and Kevin Argino (Italy), getting the better of Enderlein and Argino, coming across the line in 18th.
Kyle’s weekend didn’t finish in Tuscany though. No sooner had the race finished, but he was on the plane back home to race on Sunday at the BSB Meeting at Snetterton in the British 125cc Championship.
Kyle arrived at the Snetterton circuit in the early hours of Sunday morning, so not much sleep before the early morning warm-up, .
He felt comfortable for the afternoon race on the beautifully prepared bike of team owner Ryan Saxilby.
By lap one, Kyle was up from 30th to 18th and picked off the other riders.
By lap six, Kyle was in sixth and this is where he was to stay for the rest of the race.
So Kyle came home in a good sixth place from the rear of the grid, with the race win going to another youngster Wayne Ryan.
Kyle is now 23rd in the Moto GP Redbull Rookies and is still second in the British Championship on 75 points, 20 points behind leader Rob Guiver. Kyle is leading the ACU Academy Cup from Luke Hedger. This is a separate championship for the younger riders within this 125cc Championship.
Kyle’s next race will be in two weeks time, again with the Moto GP RedBull Rookies, at the Sachsenring near Dresden.