Oulton BSB: Ryde focusing on consistency and points hauls| BSB staff | British Superbikes
Buildbase Suzuki’s Kyle Ryde is putting all thoughts of the Bennetts British Superbike series trophy to the back of his mind and will focus on consistent points scoring at this weekend’s Oulton Park round.
It will be the first time Ryde has ridden a full Superbike at the Cheshire track but he believes he will be able to ‘stay with the front lot’ as he tries to hang on to the Ducatis.
“I am looking forward to Oulton Park this weekend; I think I really need to get three really good points scoring finishes because I am not actually that far behind in the championship standings, although I am not looking at that right now,” said Ryde.
“I am only eight points behind second place and the bike has worked really well at the last couple of rounds. I think Oulton Park is a difficult track and I haven’t ridden the Superbike there before either, so it might be a bit tougher than Silverstone for me, that is guaranteed, but I think I can still keep with the front lot.
“I expect the Ducatis to be fast this weekend, they were last year, so they are going to be the targets to try and hang on to them. We will work hard Friday and Saturday morning to try and put us in a good place.
“Glenn Irwin is still at the top and he didn’t do anything amazing at Silverstone but he did get three fourths and extended his lead, so he is obviously the one with the target on his back.
“Being fourth still feels a bit strange and a bit of a surprise in my first full season in BSB. I have to put that to the back of my head for now and thinking about being consistent and finishing every race.
“I have got to be happy with where we are and the way I have been riding so far, so I am confident for this weekend and see where we end up. I think it is shaping up nicely as there are six or seven people really close, with three races in a weekend it only takes one slip up and you could end up 25 points behind again. It is shaping up for a really interesting end to the year that’s for sure.”