Race night to help young bike champ

MDL090304C4 - kyle Ryde, 11 going to race and compete in spain where he's allowed to ride a bigger bike
MDL090304C4 - kyle Ryde, 11 going to race and compete in spain where he's allowed to ride a bigger bike

A CHARITY race night is being held to raise money for an up-and-coming motorbike champion from Jacksdale.

Kyle Ryde, who is just 13-years-old, is about to embark on another season competing in races in Britain and across Europe, and his parents, Sean and Janine, have organised a charity race night to fund the pricey months ahead.

The couple have already raised £20,000 needed to fund the British Superbikes competition, and now need to raise another £10,000 to pay for the European Moto Redbull Rookie team races.

Talented Kyle won his place in the Moto GP Redbull Rookie Team last October after competing against 150 riders from around the world, for just 14 vacancies.

Janine said she is hoping the charity race night at the Jacksdale Miners’ Welfare on March 5 will raise at least £500.

It will be the third race night the couple have organised at the welfare to help their son along his way. The last one raised £1,500.

Sean, of Kent Avenue, Jacksdale, said: “I guess it’s the cost of having a talented child! It comes at a price and as with all motor sports, that cost is not cheap by any means. We have to pay for everything from travel to the upkeep of the bike.

“It’s really tough, particularly in this economic climate.”

Prizes on the night will include kitchen appliances, children’s toys, Nottingham Forest and Derby County memorabilia and motorcycle racing memorabilia including signed photographs from the Moto GP and World Superbikes races, along with signed clothing from famous riders such as Bradley Smith.

The teenager first started racing when he was 11 and even travelled to Spain to take part in races on bigger bikes, banned for youngsters here in the UK.

He will be jetting off again to take part in his first race of the new season at the end of next month.

His parents have raised £20,000 so far from generous sponsors and raffles. If anybody can help add to the total, they should call them on 07811145579.

The race night will start at 7pm and tickets, priced £2.50 for adults and £1 for children, are available from the welfare, or Janine on 07811145579.

Admission on the night is £3 for adults and £1.50 for children.