Ryde wins again to top title standings

Kyle Ryde (centre) celebrates his win at Thruxton
Kyle Ryde (centre) celebrates his win at Thruxton

Jacksdale star Kyle Ryde made it two wins out of two in the British Superbikes Superstock 600 series at Thruxton on Sunday to move into the overall lead at the top of the championship standings.

Ryde, 17, sealed his third win of the season with a fine display at the Hampshire circuit to move one point ahead of rival Andy Reid in the title race.

Friday’s qualifying session saw Ryde, of the Pacedayz Yamaha team, lap fastest overall ahead of Reid, Australian Levi Day and Ben Godfrey.

Saturday’s session saw some heavy downpours bring several halts to proceedings, delaying Ryde until late in the day when he was able to put in another blistering lap as the track dried to break the outright lap record for a 600 Superstock machine which had stood since 2010 and secured his pole position.

Sunday’s race took place in glorious sunshine and Ryde got off to a good start with Taz Mackenzie, Reid and Day all in hot pursuit.

A crucial moment came on lap two when Irishman Andy Irwin had a coming together with Day and as Day’s machine left the track it took championship leader Reid out too to leave Ryde in a strong position.

He and Mackenzie led the way, Ryde putting in another lap record as at one point there was just 1.5 seconds between the top ten riders.

By the 12th lap Ryde had settled into a rhythm which saw him pull out a 0.7 second gap on the chasing pack and in keeping his momentum he took the chequired flag to secure his 17th victory in the British Championships and put him in a strong position to claim his second title.

Ryde is back in action quickly with the next round to be held at Oulton Park in Cheshire this weekend (8/9/10 August)