Champion Kyle begins his defence of British title

Kyle Ryde (no.1) leads Bradley Ray into a corner at Thruxton. Photo by Steve Gough.

Kyle Ryde (no.1) leads Bradley Ray into a corner at Thruxton. Photo by Steve Gough.

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BRITISH 125cc motorcycle racing champion Kyle Ryde from Jacksdale, has started his season in fine form.

Having impressed in testing for the Moto GP Redbull Rookie series in Portugal, Ryde jetted back to the UK to take part in qualifying for the opening rounds of the British Championships - which runs alongside the British Superbike Championships - at Brands Hatch.

After topping the leaderboard in both sessions, poor weather conditions dictated Ryde’s race on Easter Sunday was officially cancelled and re-scheduled for the Thruxton session last weekend.

Thruxton was to be a similar scenario to the Brands Hatch meeting with Ryde again quickest.

Saturday saw the running of the Brands Hatch re-scheduled race and despite a por start, Ryde was able to eventually make up ground and finish in second place behind main rival Bradley Ray.

Sunday’s race day saw Ryde this time open up a good gap in front before a safety car was deployed due to an accident and the race eventually stopped.

But technical problems that surfaced during the stoppage proved to be terminal and Ryde’s race was declared over, though he was able to join the commentators on Eurosport TV, where he gave some very good comments about his fellow competitors and was praised for his attitude toward his racing and friends.

Ryde now looks forward to his first Moto GP Redbull Rookies race in Spain at the end of this month before heading back to the UK for the next round of the British 125cc Championship at Oulton Park.