Ryde earns points in Spain’s CEV double-header

Kyle Ryde pictured  in action at Valencia.
Kyle Ryde pictured in action at Valencia.

Jacksdale racer Kyle Ryde made it into the points astride his KRP team’s all-new Moto3 prototype in the opening race at the CEV double-header at Valencia on Sunday.

The Racing Steps Foundation-backed teenager claimed the final point - a first for the embryonic FTR KTM - with a strong ride from 20th on the grid to 15th at the finish.

Team-mate Wayne Ryan was less fortunate. The KRP rider - who, like Ryde, only got to shake down the new bike in Friday free practice and qualifying on Saturday - was left disappointed after suffering an engine failure on the warm up lap.

The as yet unidentified problem also ruled him out of the second race.

A failed engine also dashed team-mate Ryde’s hopes of improving on his earlier result in the second of the day’s encounters.

A blow-up on lap ten, while closing in on Freudenberg’s Luca Grunwald for 12th, consigned him to the pitlane and an early retirement.

The single-race season finale takes place at Jerez next weekend.

Racing Steps Foundation’s PeterBall said: ““Unfortunately due to time pressures we’ve not been able to produce the results we’d hoped for this weekend.

“But make no mistake, the collaboration between KRP and FTR has produced a prototype with considerable potential as was shown by the lads’ lap times and ideal lap times yesterday and today.”