RSF riders Ryan and Ryde podium in the Spanish rain

Racing Steps Foundation riders Kyle Ryde and Wayne Ryan had a weekend to remember at the recent Spanish CEV round, held at the Circuit de Catalunya near Barcelona. The two KRP-backed riders came home with a podium place each from the two races with Ryan claiming the win in race one and Ryde a strong third in race two.

Wayne Ryan stands tall on the CEV podium

In appalling conditions the first race got underway with the second placed qualifier Ryan heading the field for the whole race and bringing the Mark Keen prepared machine home a full 10 seconds ahead of his nearest challenger. Both Ryan’s and Rydes main championship challenger, Aspars pole position man and Moto3 GP wildcard entrant Adrian Martin crashed out on the opening lap of the race leaving the race open for Ryan, Rodrigo, Quartararo and Kyle Ryde to contest the win.

Ryan was in a class of his own in the adverse conditions, at one point stretching out a 13.5s lead on the chasing group but a big slide on the final lap saw the Kent youngster ease off and take a comfortable maiden series win for both himself and the KRP team. His Mansfield-based team mate didn’t fair so well, after running with the chasing group for the remaining podium positions Ryde caught a wet white line on the final circulation of the track and sadly slid out of contention.

Race two was again wet but it was to be a different story as it was Wayne Ryan who this time parted company with his Moto3 machine within yards of the start on the opening lap. Pole sitter and first racer crasher Martin made no mistake this time round and set about escaping his pursuers to control the race from the front.

Kyle Ryde aboard his KRP-prepped  RSF Moto3

Ryde settled in to his rhythm early and held station in the pack fighting for second place, despite the close attention of Ramirez, Schouten and Amato. Schouten took the fight to Martin and with Ryde hanging on to his slipstream the pair built a lead over Amato of two seconds but the German had other ideas, reeling off fastest lap after fastest lap to close the gap on Ryde at the flag to just 0.027s with Ryde himself a mere 0.3s behind Schouten at the finish.

Wayne Ryan said after the races “The win in race one was a great way to start the season,” he said. “I got a good start, tucked in behind Amato, went underneath him when he made a mistake and just pushed on from there trying not to make any mistakes of my own. The one big moment I did have came on the last lap. The rear of the bike came right round on me and threw me out of the seat. But I survived it and took the flag by a comfortable margin.

“Unfortunately that wasn’t the case in the second race. I just wasn’t careful enough at the start and high-sided. So instead of picking up extra points I was down and out and kicking myself.”

Ryde added “To finish on the podium felt really good after what happened in the first race,” he said. “But it was hard towards the end with Amato catching up so quickly. Knowing I’d lost out on the final lap of the last race, meant I had to push on but be careful at the same time. So it all got very close at the end. But I managed to pull out my fastest lap to clinch it.”

Circuit de Catalunya (4.727km / 2.937 miles)
Provisional Classification: Race 1 – 16 laps (top 10)
1 Wayne Ryan (GBR) KRP-RSF – 36:23.275 (124.7kph / 77.5mph)
2 Fabio Quartararo (FRA) Wild Wolf +10.101
3 Gabriel Rodrigo (SPA) DV-RBA +10.146
4 Marcos Ramirez (SPA) Estrella Galicia 0.0 +12.713
5 Fraser Rogers (GBR) H43 Team Nobby +19.625
6 Bryan Schouten (NED) Dutch Racing +22.171
7 Bradley Ray (GBR) Larresport +55.943
8 Kenta Fujii (JPN) FCC TSR +59.785
9 Alejandro Medina (SPA) Team Calvo +1:2.065
10 Livio Loi (BEL) Marc VDS +1:01.334
DNF Kyle Ryde (GBR) KRP-RSF (15 laps)
Fastest lap: Wayne Ryan, 2:14.842 (126.2kph / 78.4mph)
Race condition:Wet
Provisional Classification: Race 2 – 16 laps (top 10)1 Adrian Martin (SPA) OID Aspar – 36:24.549 (124.6kph / 77.4mph)
2 Bryan Schouten (NED) Dutch Racing +5.630
3 Kyle Ryde (GBR) KRP-RSF +5.928
4 Luca Amato (GER) Halcourier MS +5.955
5 Marcos Ramirez (SPA) Estrella Galicia 0.0 +23.314
6 Fabio Quartararo (FRA) Wild Wolf +32.081
7 Alejandro Medina (SPA) Team Calvo +36.158
8 Andrea Migno (ITA) GTM Racing +36.158
9 Bradley Ray (GBR) Larresport +42.518
10 Livio Loi (BEL) Marc VDS +49.246
Fastest lap: Luca Amato, 2:13.823 (127.2kph / 79.0mph)
Race condition:Wet
Riders’ Championship Points1 Bryan Schouten 30pts
1 Fabio Quartararo 30
3 Adrian Martin 25
3 Wayne Ryan 25
5 Marcos Ramirez 24
6 Kyle Ryde 16
6 Gabriel Rodrigo 16
6 Alejandro Medina 16
6 Bradley Ray 16
10 Luca Amato 13
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