Ryde is edged out for third at Oulton Park

Kyle Ryde was agonisingly close to a podium spot in the latest 600cc Superstock race at Oulton Park on Bank Holiday Monday. He sits fourth in the championship after the opening two round. Photo/Billy Art
Kyle Ryde was agonisingly close to a podium spot in the latest 600cc Superstock race at Oulton Park on Bank Holiday Monday. He sits fourth in the championship after the opening two round. Photo/Billy Art

Jacksdale racer Kyle Ryde has continued his promising start to the season in the Pirelli National 600cc Superstock class of the British Superbike Series.

The teenager was at Oulton Park in Cheshire over the Bank Holiday weekend for the next round of the series having finished fifth at Brands Hatch in his debut race two weeks before - his re-appearance in the UK after a spell riding in Spain.

Practice and qualifying went well for Ryde who ensured a start from ninth on the grid, although it became apparent that an issue with his race engine would require it to be changed and this was the action taken before ahead of Monday morning’s warm-up.

That saw some good times achieved ahead of the race which Ryde went into full of confidence.

The race itself saw Ryde battle hard throughout, and having progressed through the field it became a battle for third spot between the Jacksdale youngster and rival James Lodge.

The battle went down to the final corner, and despite Ryde trying to find a way through, Brands Hatch winner Lodge held off the youngest ever British champion to take the podium place by under a tenth of a second.

The race was won by FFX Yamaha’s Andy Reid from Northern Ireland who secured his first win in the series, Joe Collier coming home in second.

Ryde’s fourth place sees him also in that position in the overall standings with 24 points, 17 behind current leader Lodge and 12 behind Collier in third.

He said: “The spare engine fitted for the warm-up was used for testing in Spain and is in standard trim, and although in the race it performed well it lacked a little bit of punch in some parts of the track.

“But I was happy with fourth place and I’m looking forward to the next round at Donington Park.”

The Donington race will take place on Sunday, May 25, before the series heads to Snetteron in Norfolk during June.