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Donington BSB: Unstoppable Ryde takes 125cc series lead

RS Racing's Kyle Ryde stormed to the Sunoco British 125GP Championship top spot winning the Donington Park round this afternoon after a storminginto a lead of over 16 seconds as main rivals Rob Guiver and KRP's Wayne Ryan finished third and fourth, putting a point between them in the series.

Ryan got a good start, but looked to take an unusual wide line into the first corner given the advantage to Ryde who immediately pulled away from the pack.SP125's Guiver, who needed to make up some valuable points after the disappointing retirement at Cadwell Park, had a bit of work to do from around sixth.

After the first lap Ryde had just under a two and half seconds lead; follwing was a train of riders led by Ryan who had immediate threats from Bradley Ray of Team Aztec GP and Luke Hedger of Banks Racing's who were the main challenges for second place.


On lap three Guiver had moved to fifth with nothing but clear track in front of him to try to and close the gap to the riders that were battling for second place. Hedger now had moved up to third behind Ryan to now be trying to defend his position from revenger Ray and find a way around Ryan. Finally at the Foggy Esses on lap four Hedger dived ahead to grab second place. By this point Ryde had over an astonishing eight second lead.

On lap six Hedger lost the front onto the entry to the Esses after hitting the kerb, but skillfully and amazingly he managed to catch the bike keeping it on the tarmac and in the race. This meant that when he was in a position to continue he had lost valuable time and just managed to slot infront of fifth place Guiver.

Ryan, the championship leader going into this round, on lap eight suddenly slowed down and fell drastically down the order to fifth, he then looked to be able to continue as Ryde now had a 15 seconds lead. Guiver kept his head down and worked his way ahead of Hedger for third but had a 3.5 second gap to second place Ray which he couldn't do anything about as the race continued. A few laps later Ryan got ahead of Hedger for fourth; and from this point on the positions stayed as they crossed the finish line.

Further down the track from positions sixth to eighth from lap one were having a wheel to wheel battle of their own in which Jordan Weaving of SP125 Racing had the last stay to take sixth ahead of pressurising riders Lee Jackson of Team Jackson Racing and Philip Wakefield of PWR/Sandbach Scrap Metal.

Rounding off the top 10 and almost 11 seconds a bit further down the grid was Callum Bey of KRP in ningth and Ryan Watons of Appleyard/Macadam Racing. They had successfully fought off a group of attackers throughout the race who had to settle a bit further down the order after the 14 lap race.

Ryde again took both the main and cup race win, Ray also took second place in both series as third place in the main championship went to Guiver and Ryan in the cup who finished fourth overall.

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