Jacksdale racer Kyle Ryde has been selected as one of three Moto3 wildcard entries for next month’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
The selection comes on the back of strong performances by the KRP rider in Spain’s Dorna-run CEV Repsol Moto3 Championship and selected rounds in the rival Italian CIV series.
CEV Moto3 rookie Ryde signalled his potential in the series with an impressive ride to third place in the second race at the opening round. He is now 14th in the championship, and will compete at Silverstone on KRP’s Honda-powered M3-02 chassis.
Ryde - who celebrated his 16th birthday on the same day his Silverstone wildcard was announced - welcomed the news as “the best birthday present anyone could have given me.”
“It’s up to me now to show I’m worth it,” he added.
Ryde is backed by the Racing Steps Foundation, as are two other riders selected for Silverstone.
Its racing co-ordinator Peter Ball said: “We provide our riders with all the necessary backing and support and try to ensure they get the best opportunities to develop and showcase their talent.
“The fact we will have three riders on the grid this year is testament to how important this kind of co-operation is to give British riders the leg up they, and British motorsport needs.
The Grand Prix takes place on August 30.