02 - 04 OCT |

Ryde returns with top four finish for Buildbase Suzuki

Buildbase Suzuki’s Kyle Ryde enjoyed a positive return to the Bennetts British Superbike Championship, securing two front row starts and a fourth place finish in race two at the opening round of the season at Donington Park.

Ryde put his GSX-R1000 on the front row for the opening race after qualifying third, and grabbed the holeshot as the lights went out to lead the way early on. Sadly the dream start was shattered when a stone flicked up from a bike ahead of him as he battled for the lead, which put a hole in his radiator, forcing him out of the race.

Starting from ninth on the grid, Ryde spent race two carving through the field to claim fourth, less than a second off the podium, and another front row start for the final race of the weekend after setting the second fastest lap of the race. Race three saw Ryde struggle early on as he dropped out of the top-10, but he recovered to eighth with lap times akin to those fighting for the podium. He was promoted to seventh after Andrew Irwin was disqualified post-race.

Ryde said: “To be honest I didn’t expect that from the weekend. In FP2 we changed the front tyre we were working with and that made a huge difference and I managed to pull a lap time out in qualifying that I didn’t think we’d get near this weekend.

“Leading race one I kept waiting for people to pass me but it took about 10 minutes, but then a stone put a hole in the radiator and that was that. It was obviously a real shame but there were plenty of positives to take from it. I was happy with race two, to come through to finish fourth and get on the front row again for the final race but I just struggled early on with the full fuel tank, as the pace was pretty hot from the start. But then it clicked midway through and I managed to start moving forward again and with another lap or two we could have had sixth and our pace was good enough for the podium at that point.

“I was disappointed to cross the line in eighth, but if someone had offered me that before the weekend I’d have taken it, which shows what a good weekend we’ve had. We just need to work on that early race pace and hopefully we can be fast for the full race distance, starting at Snetterton.”

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