Kyle impresses at Spanish Grand Prix

great start: Kyle Ryde (no.77) leads a pack of riders at Jerez on Saturday.
great start: Kyle Ryde (no.77) leads a pack of riders at Jerez on Saturday.

JACKSDALE motorcycle racer Kyle Ryde began his international career with the Spanish Grand Prix in Jerez at the weekend.

The 13-year-old had been in good form leading up to the race with some impressive wins at Brands Hatch in a series of warm-up races.

And the youngster, who rides in the Moto GP Red Bull Rookies series, followed that up with a good display in the opening two races.

Competing with 24 of the world’s best teenage riders from all over the world, the Spanish Grand Prix was one of 14 races Ryde will take part in this year.

Qualifying day saw Ryde achieve a solid ninth place on the grid and was the second quickets of the 14 new rookies competing.

Race one on Saturday, in temperatures of 75 degrees fahrenheit, saw Ryde on the third row of the grid and after a hectic start the Nottinghamshire rider found himself in a group of riders battling for eighth position.

After plenty of position, and paintwork, swapping, Ryde eventually finished in highly-respectable 13th for his debut race.

Sunday’s race saw a sudden change in the weather with cooler temperatures and some rain making things more challenging.

But being used to that kind of climate in the UK, Ryde settled into a good rhythm and several riders slid off the track, he battled on using his skills honed on his home circuits and held the momentum right up to the chequered flag where he finished in sixth place.

So after the opening two rounds Ryde lies in seventh place overall in the championship.

His next race in the Moto GP Red Bull Rookies series will be at Estoril in Portugal but before that Ryde will be back in British 125cc Championship action at Brands Hatch in Kent over Easter.