Kyle earns two top six finishes in Portugal

JACKSDALE racer Kyle Ryde came away with two top six finishes as he took part in rounds three and four of the Moto GP Redbull Rookies event at Portugal’s Estoril circuit.

Having been quickest in practice, Ryde was then struck down by food poisoning during Friday afternoon’s qualifying session, but managed to get out on the circuit later in the afternoon and two combined sessions placed him seventh on the grid for the weekend’s races.

Race one on Saturday saw Ryde head the second of two packs along with fellow Brit Bradley Ray, Dutchman Scott Derou and Spaniard Ramirez.

Ryde was setting fast times in pursuit of the front-runners, but with stomach pains continue to distract him he eventually had to make do with a sixth-place finish.

Sunday’s race was a similar scenario to the day before with the leading bunch made up of virtually all the same riders.

But Portuguese rider Lopes crashed out early on in the race, and during the same lap Ryde took the lead and held onto this for two laps, eventually being overcome by Czech youngster Hanika.

Later in the race saw the German rider Alt broadside Hanika and this caused Alt to crash right in front of Ryde, making it hard to then catch the leading pack again and this time the Notts youngster took fourth spot.

Ryde’s next Moto GP Redbull Rookie race are at his home circuit of Silverstone at the Moto GP on June 16 and 17.

His next British Championship round is at Snetterton Circuit in Norfolk on May 26 ad 27, where he will be finally riding his new Honda Moto 3 machine.