The rain’s a pain in Europe for Kyle

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Kyle Ryde has completed back-to-back weekends of Redbull Rookie Cup action in Holland and Germany.

But following his first ever podium in this competition at Silverstone last month, two tough meetings this time around proved a blow for the Jacksdale teenager.

At Assen in Holland, a poor qualifying session on the Saturday saw Ryde start in 13th place, from where he struggled to progress through the field and had to be content with a 12th place finish.

In the second race on the Sunday, Ryde was forced to retire to cap a disappointing weekend.

At the Sachsenring in Germany last weekend, things weren’t to be much better.

Poor weather contributed to a difficult practice session wher Ryde was 14th fastest, but as the weather improved so did his fortunes as he ended up qualifying fifth on the grid for the weekend’s two races.

Race one saw Ryde drop down the order and battle hard with American Joe Roberts and Portuguese Ivor Lopes, Ryde ultimately finishing in 14th spot.

The second race saw a much better start and Ryde held his own among the front runners, but on the fourth lap gremlins struck again and once more Ryde was forced to retire his machine.

Kyle’s dad Sean said: “It appears the KTM machine that Kyle is using in the Redbull Rookies is not responding to his riding ability, unlike the British Championship which has seen him on two different types of Hondas, both two stroke and a brand new Moto 3 four stroke, which he is currently campaigning on.

“Earlier in the year he was riding and winning on a Aprilia two stroke machine, so to be finding the KTM machine hard to finish on is causing us much concern at the moment.”

Ryde’s next outings are in the British Championship at Brands Hatch in Kent on July 20/21/22, before the Redbull Rookies Cup takes the teenager to the Brno Circuit in the Czech Republic on August 25/26.