JACKSDALE motorcycle star Kyle Ryde has made history by becoming the youngest ever winner of the Sunoco British 125cc GP Motorcycle Road Racing Championship.
The 14-year-old came in third in the 12th and final race of the series at Brands Hatch on Sunday which was enough to seal the title from race winner Wayne Ryan by two points, and also claim the integral ACU Academy Cup for juniors.
After an accident during practice on Friday that saw Ryde emerge unharmed, Saturday’s qualifying was a lively affair as the two title contenders, Ryan and Ryde, battled it out for pole position.
Ryan led throughout the first session, just 0.3 seconds ahead of the Notts teenager, and he also had the edge in the second session, held straight after the British Superbikes’ qualifying period.
Despite Ryde at one point holding top spot, Ryan picked up the pace on his new Aprilia machine and retained the lead for the remainder of the session, ending with a 0.6 second advantage over Ryde with Rob Guiver third just 0.1 seconds further back.
Sunday’s race was delayed due to earlier incidents on the track during the previous races, and was subsequently cut from 12 laps to nine.
The start of the race saw Ryde lead the pic down the hill and up to Druids corner, which is how it stayed for the first couple of laps with Ryan and Guiver hot on his heels.
Eventually the duo managed to get the better of Ryde, but with the Jacksdale youngster only having to finish third to secure the title he opted to take a back seat and watch the front two battle it out.
In the later stages of the race Ryde started to come under serious threat from Luke Hedger and Bradley Ray, who were having their own battle for fourth and fifth places and were starting to reel him in.
But Ryde turned up the pace again to open up a safe gap and ultimately took the chequered flag in third spot - enough to secure championship glory.
For winning the title, Ryde and his colleagues in Team 77 have the entry fees for the last two rounds of the Spanish CSV Championship paid for, which will be held at the Jerez and Valencia GP circuits during November.