Young Jackdale motorcycle racer Kyle Ryde has enjoyed a weekend of action at the Grand Prix circuit in Valencia, Spain.
The teenager was competing in the final round of the CEV Buckler Spanish Motorcycle Championship, courtesy of a former British Championship team KRP, run by former racer turned tuner Mark Keen.
Kyle had been offered the chance by the team to go out to Spain for the last round of this Championship and ride one of their GP machines, along with their three regular riders, who have been competing all season in both the Spanish and Italian Championships.
The machine was yet another complete new bike for Kyle to learn. The engine was the same as the one he used in the British Championship but the rest is a completely different chassis, steering, brakes etc, so it was an all-new learning curve again for this quick-thinking youngster.
The Friday was a day of free practice and in the words of his father Sean: “Kyle was on it!,” so he looked impressive for the qualifying, which was in two sessions and two groups on the Saturday.
The Moto3 line up for the weekend had a grid of over 40 riders and the race organisers stated that this was the most impressive line up of talent that they had for many years.
Sixteen of these Moto 3 riders are either actually racing at present in the Moto GP, or will be within teams in their next season, so Kyle had some formidable challenges.
With the two qualifiers out of the way, he was positioned 14th on the grid, which, considering the talent out there, was a good result.
As he came over the start line on lap one, he was down a few places in 18th position, but slowly gathered pace and was chasing the leading pack by lap ten. With less than half the race distance left, Kyle had fought his way up to 11th.
The final lap approached and South African rider Brad Binder took the chequered flag whilse Kyle earned a well deserved ninth place, an excellent result considering the talent and expertise on display.
Kyle and Sean would especially like to thank the people who actually made this opportunity happen, Mark Keen for the complete faith in Kyle’s talents and also the use of his machine and Team.
On the local support side, they would like to than John Cooper at HCM Electrical and Simon & IbI at SRS Rail Systems, without whose help it would not have been possible to participate in this meeting.
Kyle now has the winter months to contemplate what the future holds for him in the 2013 season.