KYLE Ryde was in outstanding form to record victory in the British 125cc Motorcycle Championship at Donington Park last weekend and take the lead in the title standings.
Jacksdale teenager Ryde started the weekend’s event in a strong third place in the championship standings with only six points between himself and leader Wayne Ryan, with veteran 125 racer and twice runner-up in the series Rob Guiver in second place.
A strong practice session saw Ryde finish on pole position for Sunday’s race, which took place between the main British Superbike races, with a 1.9 second gap on Guiver.
Clutch problems threatened to hamper Ryde as he set off on the warm-up lap, but as the red lights went out saw the red mist and led into the first corner.
And there he remained despite the clutch issues, consistently putting in good lap times and maintaining distance between the chasing pack as he took the chequered flag 16 seconds ahead of the chasing pack.
Ex-teammate Bradley Ray was second ahead of Guiver and Ryan - Ryde now leading the championship by six points as a result.
Kyle’s next round is the penultimate of this series at Silverstone during the weekend of the September 23-25.