Kyles Amazing Assen Performance
The newly crowned 2019 GP2 British Champion; Kyle Ryde, isn’t one to sit on his laurels and is back in contention within the British Supersport / GP2 series this weekend. This; the tenth round of twelve, is taking place at the internationally renowned circuit of Assen, which is just North of Amsterdam in the Tulip growing country of the Netherlands or as others may know it as Holland.
The circuit is known as the ‘Cathedral’ and has been a favourite of spectators and riders alike since 1925, it is also known for the famous Dutch TT, which always saw close action during its World Championship years.
Free Practise & Qualifying sessions
Kyle being Kyle; just came out and gave it his all in the free practise sessions, but again it was all the usual front runners who were setting the weekends pace. Kyle had been top of the leaderboard during both free practise sessions, managing to fight off attacks from both Kennedy and the young Australian racer Tom Toparis.
When it came to the Qualifying session Kennedy took the pole position, securing his top spot by 0.255s from Kyle. After the opening few laps Toparis held provisional pole but with 18 minutes to go; Brad Jones took over leading the way. Then with just 10 minutes remaining on the clock, Kennedy grabbed top; fending off a final flying lap from Kyle to take the pole position.
Jones completed the front row in third with Toparis heading the second row ahead of Mason Law and Eemeli Lahti.
1. Jack Kennedy (Integro Yamaha) 1:39.130
2. Kyle Ryde (Kovara projects by RS Racing) +0.255s
3. Brad Jones (Integro Yamaha) +0.518s
4. Tom Toparis (Beno Racing by Ten Kate Racing Projects Yamaha) +0.625s
5. Mason Law (ABM Quattro Racing) +1.216s
6. Eemeli Lahti (Sterkman Motorsport by HRP Suzuki) +1.234s
Saturdays Sprint Race
Kyle; took a last lap victory in the Saturday Sprint race, out dragging the Supersport machine of Kennedy. Kyle managed to get the ‘Hole-shot’ at the start; in order to lead by the end of the first lap, ahead of Jones, Finnish rider Eemeli Lahti and Kennedy, but Jones made his move into the lead just one lap later. Then disaster struck almost immediately for Jones as the Integro Yamaha rider crashed out of contention.
By half race distance, Kennedy had made his move into the lead but Kyle wasn’t having any of it and stayed in very close contention. Separated by just 0.1s for the closing stages of the race. Kyle set his fastest lap of the race on the penultimate lap to close up to Kennedy, making his move half way around the final lap, Kennedy struck straight back to lead out of the chicane but Kyle was able to out drag him over the line; to take the chequred flag, and the race win overall yet again.
Australian Toparis finished third on track, second in the Supersport category, ahead of Mason Law on the second of the GP2 machines in fourth, whilst Sam Wilford completed the GP2 podium in third.
Sunday Morning Warm-Up
The Sunday Morning warm-up session saw Kyle in a strong second spot 0.03 down on Kennedy, with Dutchman Hartog Third, Kyle was feeling confident for the afternoon 15 lap feature race.
Sundays Feature Race
Assen was still basking in the late summer sun with a trackside temperature of around 25C and this was excellent conditions for yet another dramatic & suspense fuelled race between Kyle & the Irish veteran Champion of Jack Kennedy.
Kyle was hoping; and was confident that he could go for his number six overall race win, as he had achieved number five on the previous day’s Sprint race.
So as the red lights went out Kyle again got the ‘Holeshot’ but it was the Finnish rider of Lahti who lead on the opening lap, followed by Kennedy, Kyle & Aussie rider Toparis. However; by lap two Toparis had crashed out Kyle had taken the lead followed by Kennedy, Lahti and the second GP2 machine of Law. By the end of lap four Kyle had to stand the machine up as he overran a corner passing the lead to Kennedy, but he maintained second place in front of Lahti & Law.
By two thirds of the race distance Kennedy & Kyle were opening up a small but adequate gap on the trio of Lahti, Jones & Law, so this was proving to be another dash for the flag and Kyle was appearing to be lining Kennedy up again to perform the same finish as yesterdays race.
Kyle was pushing so hard that he ran onto the grass again and was really pushing the Irish veteran to the limit, he managed to take the lead then Kennedy took it back, then back to Kyle, but on the final corner Kennedy got his revenge on Kyle from yesterday’s race and drafted by Kyle to take the overall race win by 0.095 of a second, an excellent race by two serious competitors.
With Law coming third on the next of the GP2 machine’s, then the Finnish rider Lahti and Jack Kennedys team mate Bradley Jones in Fifth. Sam Wilford was the 3rd GP2 machine over the line in tenth position overall.
Kyle’s next round of this current Championship is at his local circuit of Donington Park over the weekend of the 4th to the 6th Oct.