Teenager Kyle Ryde was in fine form once again last weekend as the fifth round of the 600cc British Superstock Championship took place at the Scottish circuit of Knockhill.
Jacksdale’s Ryde, 16, followed up his first win in the series at Snetterton a fortnight ago by taking fourth place in Sunday’s race and setting a new fastest lap for the Superstocks in the process.
The Payzdays team rider had raced at Knockhill before on smaller machines and won races there in 2011 and 2012 during his time in the Motostar 125 Moto3 Championships.
But he had never raced a 600cc machine around the tight and sometimes very tricky circuit, so Friday’s impressive free practice session boded well for qualifying later that day and on Saturday.
There he secured a sixth place in the first session followed by third on Saturday, ultimately securing a fifth place on the grid overall for Sunday’s race.
The pace was sure to be quick, but after making some adjustments to the machine, Ryde’s pace in the early morning warm-up on Sunday was the quickest and he was looking good to get another win under his belt as he pursues James Lodge and Andy Reid in the championship standings.
As the red lights went out Ryde didn’t get the start he was looking for and soon found himself down in eighth position on the first lap, then he was starting to be held up by the Belfast rider Andy Irwin and had an eight-lap battle to try and overhaul him.
After several comings together Ryde eventually got past this hardened rider Irishman and started to close the gap on Lodge straightaway and by doing so set a new lap record for the 600 Superstocks at this Highland circuit.
Taking Lodge’s fourth place from him, Ryde then tried to close the gap on the leading trio of Reid, Tarran Mackenzie and Joe Collier but it was too much to do in the few laps Ryde had left and he had to make do with fourth spot.
Ryde is now third in the championship, one point behind Lodge in second with Reid still the runaway leader.
The next meeting is on the full Grand Prix circuit of Brands Hatch in Kent on the weekend of July 18/19/20, where once again Ryde will be looking to step up onto the winner’s podium.