Ryde remains second in Supersport 600c series

Kyle Ryde
Kyle Ryde

Selston’s Kyle Ryde remains second in the Motorpoint British Supersport 600c Motorcycle Championship, ahead of the final round.

The teenager was fifth last weekend at the Grand Prix circuit of Silverstone in Northamptonshire.

Rookie Ryde entered the weekend in overall second, but knowing his dreams of winning the championship are almost over, as Leader Luke Stapleford only required eight point to clinch the title.

In Friday’s practise Stapleford topped the free practise leader board and American James Rispoli began the weekend strongly, whilse Ryde was running back in seventh position on his ‘PacedayZ Trackdays’ Yamaha.

Qualifying was a similar scenario, but Stapleford managed to hold on to the pole position, Ryde taking fifth.

Ahead of Saturday’s sprint race, all eyes were on 18-year-old Ryde in a very aggressive Supersport 600 series, but as the lights went out the pressure became more evident as the pack charged off for this first lap and not too long into the lap, Ryde was yet again left out on the edge by rival Jake Dixon with nowhere to go.

Ryde had to trail his brake and ride across the tarmac run-off, having to re-join the pack without gaining any places and settling back down in the pack in seventh.

As the race continued, Ryde finally overhauled a pair of riders, but his nearest rival in the championship Dixon eluded the youngster’s attack and fifth place was the reward for Ryde.

And the feature race on Sunday, with so much at stake for Ryde, didn’t get off to a great start.

His body language showed something wasn’t quite right with the machine, running wide at every corner.

By the second lap race leader Stapleford had problems and withdrew from the race, allowing Irwin and Rispoli to battle it out at the front.

With several fallers and the safety car out the pack started to bunch up, but when they charged off again, Ryde still had his technical problem and was relegated to seventh spot.

Dixon’s hopes of a podium spot or at least overtaking Ryde in the standings went straight out the window, as he tipped his bike into a left hander, trailed too much front brake and down he went.

With Irwin and Rispoli still battling it out at the front, Ryde managed to overhaul Hedger and Collier in the final laps to regain fifth place in the race, so with the c

When the chequered flag was waved; Irwin took the win with Rispoli second whilst Hornsey in third spot had his first podium of the season, and veteran Ben Wilson came home in fourth, just ahead of Ryde.

The Selston race acec still remains second overall in the championship, whilst Dixon is now down in fourth behind race winner Irwin, who is only 16 points behind Ryde.

Ryde has it all to do in the final round of the season on the weekend of 17th and 18th October at the Kent circuit of Brands Hatch if he wants to finish second in his rookie season in a fast paced support series to the British Superbikes.