BSB: OMG Racing’s Kyle Ryde Does the Double at Donington Park.
Kyle Ryde Stamps his Authority on the Bennetts British Superbike Championship for Round Three at Donington Park.
Round three of the Bennetts British Superbikes saw Kyle Ryde take the first Super Pole qualifying pole position of the 2023 season, BMW’s Leon Haslam qualified in second place with McAMS Yamaha’s Jason O’Halloran rounding out the front row in third place.
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Kyle Ryde got the holeshot into Redgate and dominated the pace from start to finish. BeerMonster’s Tommy Bridewell and Leon Haslam were battling throughout the race to claim the second place spot. Disappointment for Ducati’s Christian Iddon as he was involved in an incident at the Melbourne Hairpin with Honda’s Andrew Irwin, which also caught out Dean Harrison. Lee Jackson had his best placed finish of the 2023 season after making a move on Glenn Irwin to take fourth place on the penultimate lap. Kyle crossed the finish line to take his second victory of the 2023 season, Bridewell won the duel for second place, Haslam finished on the podium in third place.
Ryde shot off the line once again to lead the field into Redgate, Haslam and Jason O’Halloran were on the tail of the Yamaha rider. Bridewell joined the party and was on the hunt for a podium finish, there was now a four-way battle for first position. Glenn Irwin crashed out at Redgate on lap five, the BeerMonster Ducati rider struggled at the start of the race dropping down the order to 14th place. Disaster for Ryde on lap 12 as he crashed out of the lead, Kyle was up and ok but his crash left debris on the track which brought out the BMW Safety Car. With five laps remaining to the race the field of BSB riders had now closed up, the battle was on for first place! O’Halloran took full advantage of the Safety Car pulling in and was now leading with Ryan Vickers and Josh Brookes for company, Bridewell had to retire from the race with a technical issue. O’halloran held on and took his first win of the 2023 season, Vickers finished in second place; taking his first podium finish for the OMG Racing Team, Brookes held off Haslam to take the final podium spot in third place.
Yet again Ryde took full advantage and was leading the field into turn one, Vickers and Bridewell were close behind, Bridewell made a move on lap two to secure second place. Andrew Irwin crashed out taking Storm Stacey down with him; Irwin has been handed a penalty in his next race for the incident. Glenn Irwin was on the move and chasing the leading duo of Ryde and Bridewell. Christian Iddon was having a strong ride in fifth place; the Ducati rider had been ill during the weekend. O’Halloran looked to be having issues as he was dropping down the order. Ryde crossed the finish line to take his second victory of round three just ahead of Bridewell, Glenn Irwin finished in third place, Vickers continuing his positive form finishing in fourth place.
BeerMonster Ducati’s Tommy Bridewell leaves Donington Park with the Championship lead on 119 points, team-mate Glenn Irwin is in second place with 116 points, FHO Racing’s Josh Brookes is in third place on 114 points.
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