The Thruxton circuit in Hampshire saw all 3 CF Motorsport riders inside the top ten aboard their Pacedayz.com Trackdays Yamahas in the latest rounds of the British Supersport and National Superstock 600cc championships.
BRITISH SUPERSPORT CHAMPIONSHIP
Kyle Ryde arrived at Thruxton full of confidence following the recent round north of the border in Scotland and after another solid qualifying session at the 2.356 mile Thruxton circuit, the #77 rider found himself on row number two for the ‘sprint’ race. From the start the CF Motorsport rider was in the hunt for the podium, grabbing his 3rd consecutive second place finish, coming home 3.944s behind the winner at the end of 12 tense laps. With the grid for the ‘feature’ race decided by the opening encounter’s fastest laps, Ryde once again found himself heading up row two, in 4th.
Sunday’s race was held in front of another enormous crowd with Ryde once again in the podium fight from start to finish, eventually finishing 6th after struggling a little with front-end confidence during the longer 18 lap race. Nevertheless, the 10 points added to his already impressive points tally keep the Pacedayz.com charger in contention for the overall crown. He now site 28 points behind Luke Stapleford with a comfortable 38 point margin over current 3rd placed challenger Glenn Irwin.
Kyle Ryde – 2nd & 6th: “It was a big of a struggle for me at Thruxton. Not a bad finish in the first Race because I was in a big battle for 2nd place with 2 other riders. Luke cleared off and won but I was able to take another podium which was good. For the second race I went with the same front tyre because I was very confident but unfortunately I think the ‘SC1’ compound front tyre didn’t like the increased heat and I lost all my confidence. Not ideal but I beat Wilson to the line so managed a 6th instead of 7th which could be vital at the end of the year. Thanks to everyone at CF Motorsport for their hard work once again – Roll on Cadwell!”
NATIONAL SUPERSTOCK CHAMPIONSHIP
There were smiles all round in the CF Motorsport camp after Sunday’s 12 lap National Superstock race as both Ben Currie and Ross Twyman bagged top ten results in the 7th round of this year’s series.
Ben Currie started 4th, heading row 2 after another solid qualifying but in the race soon found himself behind the leading trio, battling for 4th with a trio of other riders. At the flag the five time podium finisher this season was classified 5th, adding another valuable 11 points to his championship tally. In the overall standings, the Australian is now 23 points adrift of Mason Law and 4 ahead of Tarran Mackenzie with four rounds remaining.
Ross Twyman left the Hampshire circuit with renewed confidence after equalling his 2nd best result of the year. The #15 rider started 10th and finished 9th after a race that saw him finish comfortably inside the top ten for the 3rd time this season and he is now looking ahead with optimism after an encouraging weekend.
Ben Currie – 5th: “A tough weekend for me where I was never really in control. What is normally easy seemed to be quite challenging for me and I was fighting to stay at the front in practice and qualifying. Starting the race from P4 and finishing P5 is not ideal for the championship but I’ll regroup and we will come back swinging at Cadwell. Thanks as ever to the whole CF Motorsport squad for all their hard work.”
Ross Twyman – 9th: “Not a bad weekend overall, from Friday I was consistently higher up in the standings qualifying 10th. I got a good start and made up a few places but I wasn’t pushing hard enough on the first two laps and lost touch with the front group, meaning a bit of a lonely race to 9th. We will take that and move on to Cadwell Park with a lot more confidence. Big thanks to the team as usual and all of team and my personal sponsors.”
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