Kyle Ryde's record at Knockhill saw a marked upturn in fortune during the latest round of the 2023 British Superbike Championship, with a trio of podiums - including one win - lifting him from fifth to second in the overall standings.
The LAMI OMG Yamaha rider managed only a best finish of sixth twelve months ago, but having identified consistency as one of his main targets for this season, he continued to meet those objectives in Scotland.
With at least one podium at each round. Never finishing lower than seventh, he’s also been an ever-present front runner and is, as expected, putting together a strong title challenge for defending champions OMG Racing.
Second to Glenn Irwin in the Sprint race at Knockhill was followed by victory – his fourth of the season – in Sunday’s opening encounter and although there was an element of fortune with leader Irwin crashing out, the pressure Ryde put him under ultimately told even if the first few laps did cause him some concern.
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The result was very unexpected and, to be honest, after five laps I was beginning to think ‘we’re in trouble here’. The track temperature didn’t feel as good as Saturday and I thought it would be difficult to get a podium,” he explained.
“I managed to figure out a way to lap consistently in the high 47’s but I knew someone was going to pass me. When Glenn did, the lap times dropped a bit, so I thought I was guaranteed a podium. I kept the pressure on and unfortunately, he slipped off. The last three laps lasted forever though – it might be a 47s lap, but it felt more like nine minutes!”
The Nottinghamshire rider couldn’t match the pace of his Ducati rivals in the final race and lost out on the final podium position to team-mate Ryan Vickers in the closing stages but fourth meant he scored more points than anyone else across the three races.