Kyle takes victory in dramatic race
Kyle Ryde was on top of the podium once again as he secured a win in the Motostar British Championship at Knockhill in Scotland.
The Jacksdale teenager was in the Highlands following two excellent results at the British Moto GP Redbull Rookies races at Silverstone, where he had his first podium place in that series with a third in the opening race.
This time he was back on his new 250cc Moto 3 machine, on which he secured second place at Snetterton in the last round.
High winds and rain battered the circuit but this didn’t deter the gritty youngster and he fought hard in the two qualifying sessions, just losing out by a second for pole position to his old adversary Bradley Ray.
Sunday’s race day saw a much improved weather front at the Fife circuit and the race was played out on dry tarmac.
A slow start saw Ryde drop back to fourth, but having produced some good lap times in response the race was then delayed by a safety car on lap 14.
What had now become a six-lap dash then saw drama unfold, as Ryde dashed to the front and began pulling away before an enormous crash behind him saw all three of those in immediate pursuit put out of the race.
With the red flag deployed and more than 75 per cent of the race completed, Ryde was declared the winner for his second win on his new machine, ahead of his friend Taz Mackenzie and Catherine Green, who just happened to be on Ryde’s old championship winning machine from last season.
Ryde is now in second place in the title standings, only four points behind Luke Hedger, but will miss the next round at Oulton Park due to his Moto GP Redbull Rookies commitments, where he is presently lying in fourth position in the World Championship.
Kyle now has back to back races with the Rookies, at Assen in Holland this weekend (29th/30th) and then the following weekend at the Sachsenring in Germany.
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