Third for Ryde keeps him top of the tree

Jacksdale’s teenage race ace Kyle Ryde remains on top of the British Superstock 600cc series after a third place at Donington Park last weekend

Ryde is just three points ahead of main rival Andy Reid who won Sunday’s race in Leicestershire.

Having gone fourth fastest in Friday’s free practice Ryde then ran third in the first qualifying session later that day.

Second qualifying took place on Saturday although weather conditions weren’t as favourable and Ryde was unable to build on his time, a front row spot on the grid having been secured.

Sunday’s race took place on a good, dry circuit but Ryde struggled for position at the first corner but with several machines getting tangled up early on the safety car was deployed which helped settle things down.

It became a four-horse race at the front with Malachi Mitchell-Thomas the leader until he parted company with his machine and with it went his chances of a podium finish.

Ryde then battled it out with Reid and Nick Anderson, Reid eventually breaking free and Anderson able to overtake Ryde going towards the Melbourne Loop. With little time left to recover Ryde had to settle for third spot with just two rounds left to go - Silverstone next on October 5.