JACKSDALE motorcycle ace Kyle Ryde literally had a mountain to climb last weekend whilst racing in the ninth round of the Sunoco British 125GP Championship.
The event took part at the Mountain Circuit of Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire over the Bank Holiday, with 14-year-old Ryde going into the weekend’s races placed third overall in the championship.
Ryde was looking to make up for points lost while he has been competing in Moto GP Redbull Rookie races in Europe, in order to put him back in the running for the winner’s rostrum at the end of the season.
After an encouraging free practice session on Friday, qualifying became a two-man battle between Ryde and championship leader Rob Guiver, with most of the other contenders around two seconds behind them both.
An exciting qualifying period, at times hampered by rain which saw some strategic planning have to take place, Ryde finished up second on the grid after finishing just 0.025 seconds behind pole sitter Guiver.
On race day, and due to earlier incidents in the race schedule, tensions were running high in the Team 77 camp, and with the timetable for the event running late, event organisers reduced the race to a 12-lap race.
As the lights went out Ryde went for the hole-shot and took the lead straight away, soon getting into a good race pace and setting consistent lap times lap after lap.
This was to leave him out in front with no worries of his race position being compromised.
Meanwhile, Guiver, Wayne Ryan, Ryan Watson and Lee Jackson were all battling it out for the places behind him.
This became the scene for much of the race, with Ryde increasing his lead on the pack by each lap, until on lap ten, as Guiver attacked the mountain section, his chain came off the sprocket and that was to be the end of this round for the championship leader.
By the end of the race, Ryde came through the chequered flag an astonishing 14-and-a-half seconds ahead of Ryan, followed by Watson, Jackson and Tom Carne in fifth place.
This result has now put Ryde back into contention for the Championship, with him now in second place just six points adrift from Guiverwith three rounds remaining.
Ryde’s next race meeting is the final round of the MotoGP Red Bull Rookies Cup at the Misano circuit in Italy this weekend.
Then he will contend the three remaining British Rounds at Donington on the weekend of September 9-11, Silverstone on September 23-25 and the final round of the series at Brands Hatch on the weekend of October 7-9.