Kyle’s latest round of the BSB GP2 series moved to Donington over the weekend and this was going to prove to be an exciting weekend of racing for Kyle.
Not only was he racing his Championship winning GP2 machine, but he had also been given the opportunity by the ‘Buildbase’ Superbike Team, to ride a Suzuki 1000cc in the ‘Stock Thousand’ motorcycle class, for the last two remaining rounds within the BSB Series, which again is a support class to the Superbike class and is the class which most riders take part in before a full-blown Superbike ride.
Kyle was being supported in this new team role by his good friend and ‘Stock Thousand Champion’ for 2019, Richard Cooper.
Kyle was ecstatic about his new challenge and was really upbeat about the new machine he had to ride and was going to have a busy weekend ahead of him with both GP2 Free practise & Stock 1000 Free practise and qualifying to contend with, a total of eleven times out on circuit over the three days.
Kyle’s GP2 sessions again saw all the usual front runners leading, with Kyle testing out new forks for the team during all the three sessions, this appeared to cost Kyle and the team valuable track time, spending more time than normal in the pit lane, which ideally they could have done without. But Kyle carried out the testing plan and managed to qualify in fifth place on the grid which placed Kyle on the second row of the grid for the Saturdays Sprint race alongside Mason Law and veteran racer James Westmoorland, the front row was taken up with the two Integro Yamaha machines of Kennedy & Jones, with Rory Skinner making up the threesome on the front row.
Kyle was really on the pace from the word Go! and was really looking confident in both of the free practise sessions, eventually topping the leaderboard in both second and third places behind Richard Cooper & Chrissie Rouse, both seasoned racers in this class.
Kyle’s new team were really pleased with his performance during the free practise session and Kyle himself said he would be happy with a top ten qualifying position, as he said that he expected some of the other riders to up there game once it came to the qualifying session and the track become drier.
However, as the qualifying session came around; after several laps Kyle was still at the top end of the Leaderboard around the 3rd / 4th placemark and things were really starting to look good for a front or at the very least a second row start for the race on Sunday. But as the twenty five minute session was edging towards the last minute before the chequered flag came out, Kyle and another local rider Ben Godfrey, came through the start line and they both moved over to the left hand side of the circuit in order to peel into the right hander at Redgate.
Kyle managed to pull in front of Ben just at the end of the pitlane entrance; but unfortunately both machines & riders collided and firstly Ben’s machine went down and then in turn took Kyle’s machine out! with both riders eventually landing up in the gravel trap at Redgate corner, requiring some serious medical attention.
Kyle walked away from the incident with a broken wrist and general bruising etc. Whilst Ben was taken to Nottingham QMC hospital with a suspected broken ankle, lacerations etc. but both riders are recovering well.
Following this horrific crash and sustaining such injuries, both riders have now ridden their final racers for this season and will spend the winter months battling to get fit for the challenges of next year.