YOUNG Jacksdale Moto GP 125cc racer Kyle Ryde had mixed fortunes in last weekend’s races at Jerez in Spain.
Kyle finished a creditable fourth in the first race, his best result yet in the Rookies Cup.
He could have so easily have been on the rostrum as the racing was that close.
The fight to the line was intense with only 0.7 seconds splitting the first five racers.
In an interview afterwards, Kyle said: “It was a good race and I could have tried something desperate at the last corner, but this is the first race of the year and it’s a long season.”
Race two saw Kyle settle into a good race pace for the first lap and he had found more speed.
By lap two, Kyle was leading from fellow Brit rider Bradley Ray, Dutch rider Derou, and German Flo Alt in front of a whole procession of other nationals trying to get in on the action up front.
The bunch at the front was led for the first six laps by Kyle with Derou, Alt and Hanika taking their turns to be the leader of the pack during the nail-biting laps.
At one point Derou actually collided with Kyle in order to get to the front.
It was another bump however, which put him out of the second race. On lap ten, Ray made a move over Spanish rider Espana, forcing him to take the inside line. Then, the front wheel of Espana’s bike folded under and the machine skittled Derou and Kyle’s bikes, causing them to be left by the side of the track as the whole pack moved on at race speed.
The three riders did not finish the race which was won by last year’s champion, Italian Baldassarri.