Kyle Ryde endured mixed fortunes as the British Superbikes Series headed to Oulton Park in Cheshire over the Bank Holiday weekend.
The Jacksdale racer spectacularly crashed out of race one - his bike independently flying off the track and landing in nearby hedges - before recovering to take a 17th place finish in race two - just missing out on his first points of the season.
Having gone 18th fastest in practice, qualifying saw Ryde keen to improve his pace.
The first Q1 session saw Ryde place a 1.35.759 lap which enabled him to go through to Q2, a good improvement and with all things going in the right direction.
Ryde then went on to post a 1.35.230 in the Q2 session, placing him in a strong 15th place on the grid, sandwiched between fellow local rider Richard Cooper and another of Kyle’s old rivalries from a few years ago ‘Taz’ MacKenzie.
With the race day, as all the previous days, a very hot and sticky one, Ryde was hoping for a good result after such an improvement during qualifying and with a good early morning warm-up session, where he was tenth quickest.
However, his confidence was short lived in the first race; as Ryde tipped into the sweeping right hander at Druids on lap three whilst sandwiched between the MacKenzie brothers, the bike slipped away from him and as Ryde was parted from it, the machine flew over the boundary wall. Ryde luckily only had his pride hurt.
Later in the afternoon saw Ryde out again for the second race and this time he was hoping to improve and make up for his race one tip-off.
As the pack set off towards the first right hander, ‘Old Hall’ corner and on towards the Avenue, Ryde worked his way up to 12th place, with Luke Mossey in front and again the Mackenzie brothers close behind.
By lap four, Mossey had gone missing and Kyle was now chasing Tommy Bridewell down, the rider who he’d had an altercation with at the first round at Donington Park.
At half race distance Ryde was now down in a strong 14th place with Michael Laverty in front and Taylor MacKenzie behind, Taz MacKenzie, the younger of the two brothers had suddenly gone missing on the previous lap.
Ryde was eventually taken by Taylor MacKenzie as it was a four rider battle with Taylor, Ryde, Martin Jessop and Japanese champion Ryuichi Kiyonari, but by the penultimate lap Ryde had fallen victim to all three riders and was now back in 17th place.
Ryde brought his machine across the chequered flag finally in 17th place, ahead of TT ace Dean Harrison, while Ryde’s best performing race time came on his second lap, with a 1.35.849.
A strong showing in the second race just placed him outside of his first points of the season.
Kyle’s next Superbike race is at the Norfolk circuit of Snetterton, just on the outskirts of Thetford Forest, during the weekend of June 15-17.