Oulton BSB: Ryde ready for Showdown debut

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Rich OMG Yamaha’s Kyle Ryde will make his Bennetts British Superbike Showdown debut at Oulton tomorrow after securing a top-eight slot last time out.

Ryde had been precariously holding eighth in the standings ahead of Snetterton, but a weekend that included a return to the podium in the eBay Sprint Race was enough to hold off the opposition and in doing so qualify as a Title Fighter for the first time.

Now the youngster has his sights set on ending his season on a high and carry the momentum to Cheshire.

“It was the best thing to get into the Showdown. It was a massive bonus just to get in and I dealt with the pressure at Snetterton pretty well I think, as it was massive. I qualified on the front row and I got a third place got me what I needed,” said Ryde.

“I don’t really know what to expect from the Showdown as I haven’t been in one before. I know both me and Brad were fast at Oulton Park the last time we were there and then we have Donington Park, which is my favourite track and Brands Hatch, which is good for the Yamaha too.

“I am going to take it as it comes; points make prizes as they say, so we need to be consistent. I have been quite strong at some of the tracks this year, but found others more difficult. I expected to be in the Showdown when we started this year but I didn’t expect it to be this hard.

“I am happy to be in the Showdown so let’s see what we can do at these next three rounds.”