Boy racer Kyle Ryde was in action over the weekend at the former RAF airfield of Thruxton, near Andover.
The circuit hosted the fourth round of the British Superbikes and its support classes.
The ‘Pocket Rocket’ set the pace in the first free practise, along with championship rival Rob Guiver, but during the second free session of Saturday, the pair were joined by ex-Red Bull Rookie rider and Spanish CEV Championship racer Fraser Rodgers.
Rodgers took the top slot in the final few laps, but Guiver managed to find another 0.2 secs to regain the number one place with Kyle coming third, ready for Sunday’s qualifying.
The first Sunday qualifier saw Kyle out early in the session, but then he was late coming back out into the field, by which time he was down as low as tenth. But as the session reached the last few laps, it was just down to Kyle and Rob Guiver again as Rodgers had crashed in the final lap.
On the race day morning, Kyle was back out on his new tyres and was the quickest rider in the session. As the events progressed, so did the rain and by the time of the race, the track was well and truly wet.
Early leader Jordan Weaving fell, taking several of the pack with him. Kyle managed to ride around this melee, but lost his second place to Andy Reid.
This put Kyle’s race pace out slightly and he lost ground.
Kyle was settled into a safe and respectable third place and was opening up a gap on Wayne Ryan, but as he came into the Brooklands corner on lap nine of this very wet 15-lap race, he parted company with his bike and that was that.
Kyle was OK from the spill and sat out the rest of the race with the marshals.
His next race is in two weeks time at the Moto GP at Silverstone with the Moto GP Red Bull Rookie squad.