JACKSDALE’S teenage motorcycle racer Kyle Ryde has tasted victory for the first time in the British Superbikes 125cc Championship at Knockhill in Scotland.
Ryde, 13, went into the meeting on the back of poor results in his previous outings both in the British Championship and in the Moto GP Red Bull Rookie series.
But he put that all behind him when, after a wet qualifying session saw him in 17th place on the grid, he took advantage of better conditions on Sunday to blast his way through the field.
Having made it up to seventh by the end of lap five, the race was red flagged due to an accident elsewhere on the circuit, but once the race resumed Ryde quickly rose to fifth and then third and was battling at that point for a podium spot.
But when second-placed rider Rob Guiver made a mistake and went down, Ryde was left battling for the lead with Irishman Andy Reid.
He kept the pressure on the leader and on lap 13 of an epic battle Reid’s chain snapped and Ryde was able to go on and cliam his first ever win, joining the likes of Casey Stoner, Leon Haslam and Chas Davies in winning in the British Championship at such a young age.
Kyle’s race schedule is a hectic one and he is back racing at Assen in the Netherlands this weekend with the Moto GP RedBull Rookies at the Dutch Moto Grand Prix.