Kyle’s riding high in Holland

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Jacksdale teenager Kyle Ryde enjoyed a successful weekend as he took part in the latest round of the British Championship.

Ryde was at the Assen circuit in Holland as it hosted the first ever British Superbike meeting to take place outside of the UK, with its usual support championships in tow.

Having had bad luck in both his most recent Redbull Rookies race in San Marino and in the last British Championship round at Castle Donington, Ryde was looking for an improvement in fortunes - a tough ask given on this occasion he was also up against a lot of local home-grown talent.

Practice was encouraging and Ryde managed to secure second place on the grid behind pole-sitter Bryan Schouten - the 2012 Moto 3 Champion from Holland, and ahead of British rival Bradley Ray in third.

The race itself saw Ryde start well and by lap four it had started to become a ‘Ryde versus Holland’ affair given he was surrounded by Dutchmen.

They were split by only half a second by lap seven with Ryde in second spot, but that soon changed for the final three laps of the 12-lap race.

The penultimate lap saw Dutchmen Leeuwen and Scott Deroue make their move on Ryde but, smelling the podium, the Notts teenager initially stood firm.

But Deroue’s late braking on the final lap proved Ryde’s undoing and he went around the outside to get the drag to the chequered flag, making it an all Dutch podium for the overall win with Ryde in fourth spot.

But with the race being in two halves, one being the British Championship and the other the Dutch OMK Moto 3 Championship, Ryde got himself on the podium after all as he claimed victory in the British half of the race with Jordan Weaving second and Joe Irving third.

Ryde will be in Redbull Rookie action this weekend before appearing at the ‘Stars at Darley’ meeting on October 6 and 7, followed by the final British Championship Round at Brands Hatch on October 13 and 14.