JACKSDALE motorcycle racer Kyle Ryde endured a difficult weekend as he made his first home appearance in the Moto GP RedBull Rookies Championship.
The teenager began with a promising free practice session on Friday but once the afternoon qualifying got underway things began to go wrong.
Having changed settings on his suspension, this only served to put Ryde well off the pace and he found himself six seconds off the leader’s time.
The suspension was reset for the second qualifying race one-hour later, and this was much better as he was over four seconds a lap quicker, nearly back up to the morning times.
However with the poor times in the earlier session, Ryde was in a lowly position of 24th for Saturday’s first race of the weekend - not what Team 77 anticipated after such good showings in the earlier rounds.
Saturday’s race was declared a wet race and Ryde normally would enjoy such conditions.
However, still suffering from poor suspension settings, he remained at the rear of the field for all of the first race and by the time of the chequered flag he was in the unfamiliar position of being a lap behind.
Things then seemed to go from bad to worse as Sunday’s race didn’t see any improvement, as the already difficult challenge of fighting from the back of the grid proved too much, particularly with the weather and Ryde’s bike not working in his favour, and he again finished last to cap arguably his worst ever single race meeting.
He will now aim to pick himself up for his next event, a British Championship race at the British Superbike meeting at Knockhill in Scotland.