SilverstoneBSB: Kyle Ryde doubles up and McAMS Yamaha back on form
Rounds 7/8/9 of the 2020 Bennetts British Superbike Championship saw two new winners in 2020, with McAMS Yamahas Tarran Mackenzie and Buildbase Suzuki newbie Kyle Ryde bagging wins across the three races.
The weekends’ proceedings began with Danny Buchan making it back-to-back pole positions on Saturday, topping an interrupted qualifying session after a six bike pile up which saw Alex Olsen sadly hospitalised.
The opening race of the weekend was a typical Silverstone National race. The 53-second lap means there’s nowhere for riders to escape, meaning it was a battle at the front between ten riders.
McAMS Yamaha’s Tarran Mackenzie played the long game with it eventually paying off, securing him the second win of his BSB career, his first of the season and the first on British soil for the 2020 YZF-R1. Kyle Ryde grabbed his maiden BSB podium finishing in second place, putting an end to endless amounts of bad luck in the opening two weekends. The ‘YOUTH’ finished ahead of second McAMS Yamaha rider Jason O’Halloran, who claimed his first of three podiums of the weekend.
Championship leader Glenn Irwin had a solid start to his weekend finishing fourth ahead of brother Andrew, while Josh Brookes claimed the final position inside the top six.
Moving into Sunday and a seventh different winner was crowned. Backing up the podium performance of Saturday, Kyle Ryde stung the opposition by taking advantage of the hard front tyre to win the opening race of the day ahead of Australian duo Josh Brookes and Jason O’Halloran.
Glenn Irwin racked up another fourth-place finish with Synetiq BMW rider Bradley Ray rounding out the top five.
With Ryde on top, little did he do, history was about to repeat itself in the third and final race of the weekend.
The Suzuki rider stormed to a second race victory ahead of Mackenzie and O’Halloran, who made it five podiums across the weekend for the Fleetwood based team, while Glenn Irwin made it a hat-trick of fourth-place finishes aboard his CBR-1000RR machine.
Tommy Bridewell recovered in the third and final race of the weekend to finish fifth, getting the better of VisionTrack Ducati pair of Brookes and Christian Iddon.
As we head into Oulton Park for round four of the reduced 2020 season, Glenn Irwin remains on top of the standings with 157 points, 35 points clear of Josh Brookes who leapt up to second and Bridewell in third.
Kyle Ryde jumps up to fourth overall ahead of O’Halloran, Iddon and Mackenzie while Andrew Irwin slips to eighth in the overall standings. Lee Jackson and Bradley Ray complete the top ten.