Kyle impresses at Croft Circuit

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JACKSDALE motorcycle racer Kyle Ryde enjoyed an excellent weekend at the latest round of the British 125cc Road Racing Championship.

The teenager was at Croft Circuit on Teeside for the third round of the series, which runs as a support race for the British Superbike Championship.

Racing for his Team 77 outfit, Ryde’s first day saw a practice session which began in dry weather but was soon dampened by rain, nevertheless the youngster still recorded some quick times.

In Saturday’s qualifying sessions, again on a dry circuit, Ryde thoroughly found his feet and was able to qualify fastest as the only rider in the 1min 28sec bracket - his second pole position in three rounds.

The second session was just as successful, as Ryde held off the challenge of Rob Guiver to secure the fastest time once again.

Following qualifying, the Notts rider, who is also competing on the European circuit this year, was handed the ‘Speedy Spirit Award’ for his outstanding second place in the previous round at Oulton Park, coming from the rear of the grid and passing 30 riders to achieve it.

The winner is voted for by users of the British Superbikes website.

He said: “Before the race at Oulton Park I was expecting to be in the top ten, as it isn’t that easy starting from the back of the grid.

“I thought halfway through the race that I could maybe get a third place, but then on the last lap to finish in second place was a good result for me and the team.

“I think to win this award and to have received more votes than the other nominees is really special.”

Sunday saw the 125cc race as the last of the day’s events and it turned out to be an epic.

As predicted, Guiver became the thorn in Ryde’s side and the pair were sharing paint from their battle throughout the race.

Guiver, 26, led for six laps before Ryde took over in front, and despite Guiver again fighting back, the Jacksdale rider kept hold of his advantage over the veteran racer.

But age and experience eventually got the better of him and on the penultimate lap Guiver came through and took the chequered flag, finishing just half a second ahead of Ryde.

Luke Hedger was third with Lee Jackson, Wayne Ryan and Tarran Mackenzie, rounding off the top six in the race.

Ryde now sits third in the championship standings and the next round in the British Championship is on the Bank Holiday weekend at the British Superbike meeting at the Thruxton in Hampshire on May 28-30