Kyle sets the pace at Red Bull MotoGP Rookies test in Portugal

Kyle Ryde is pictured in action during testing in Portugal.

Kyle Ryde is pictured in action during testing in Portugal.

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Bright sunshine blessed the third and final day of the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup test in Estoril, Portugal - and Jacksdale racer Kyle Ryde was on hand to produce the fastest time.

The 15-year-old was less than a tenth of a second faster than German 15-year old Florian Alt, who was in turn just a fraction ahead of Czech sensation Karel Hanika, also aged 15. Only three seconds separated first to 24th.

Ryde said: “I was smiling because I knew I’d done a good lap on Tuesday, but really the most important thing was that we’ve got the bike set up.

“We made more progress here in three days than we did in the whole of last year.

“It’s hard to explain why, I guess its’s just that I’ve got the confidence now to try different things,” explained the British 125 Champion.

The first two races of the season are over the Spanish Grand Prix weekend in Jerez on April 28 and 29 with the Portuguese GP in Estoril following immediately on May 5 and 6.