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Donington BSB: Ryde reducing power for more manageability

Buildbase Suzuki's Kyle Ryde will start this weekend's Bennetts British Superbike Championship on a GSX-R1000 that has its power wound down to make it more rider friendly.

The youngster, who moves into the blue riband class as GP2 champion, has spent the winter and lockdown riding a variety of machinery in order to keep bike fit and was only half a second off the pace in the final test last week.

“I’m fairly happy and I’m feeling good in myself ahead of the weekend. I think I’ve done more riding than anyone else on the grid, and I’m not saying that’ll mean I’ll go out and win it but it’s kept me bike fit, kept me sharp," said Ryde.


"I did a lot of laps on the stocker in earlier tests and last week’s test on the superbike was good. The main focus was on getting the power right because the bike’s so fast everywhere, so we backed it off to make it a bit more manageable and so I can get comfortable and more confident on it.

"But we did some good runs and set a good lap time in the final session last week. I’m looking forward to riding and enjoying racing again this weekend."

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