After a stunning Qualifying with a 4th place starting position the wet damp conditions proved to much for Kyles helmet and visor. un stoppable steaming up forced Kyle to retire only half a lap in.
Great start, 2nd position and a potential easy podium finish, unfortunately a wast of a weekend for Kyle and the team, needless to say the helmet brand will be sacked off next season.
Cracking day for Kyle and the Race days Honda squad, all weekend at the Southern Spanish track of Jerez the bike felt good, struggling with mid race tyre wear but the CBR Fireblade held its ground with a superb 2nd place Finnish, only 1 second off the lead, team mate Josh Day finished an impressive 6th place, making the team very happy chappys. Last round, MagnyCours France October 5.
Two days testing for the 1000 STK team payed off it seems ! great result for both riders. Kyle had a great qualifying missing out on Pole by one tenth of a second but happy with a front row start, the race turned out to be semi wet conditions which allowed Kyle to storm to the front and lead for 6 laps, the pace got hot and was challenging but Kyle opted for a safe home run by bringing the bike home only 5 seconds behind the winner with a 4th place Finnish, team delighted with the progress of both him and team mate Josh who came in behind him with a 5th place.
Not the best round for both Kyle and team mate Josh Day, plagued with engine breaking problems, rear chatter amongst other things Kyle managed to ride with respectable times but only managed a 11th place result. looking forward to a couple days testing at Portagul next week to iron out a few problems !
Bad luck this weekend after a promising start to the race, holding a comfortable 2nd position until what seemed a rear brake system seizure which threw him off 4 laps from the end ! big shame for Kyle and the team after trouble in qualifying to a much improved race setting showing an 8 second cushion in the race until the technical failure, however, things looking good for the next round, At Imola.
Agro-On WIL Racedays Honda rider Kyle Smith clinched the third step on the podium over the weekend in the European Superstock 1000 championship at Aragon. It was the opening round of the series at the Spanish circuit and Brit, Smith started his campaign in the class in a dominant fashion. He started the race in seventh and made his way through the pack to end on the rostrum, behind eventual winner Leandro Mercado. But Smith is pleased he managed to match the pace of the leading bikes. “It was a bit a lonely race because I wasn’t catching the guy in front and no-one was catching me. But I managed to match the pace of the leaders and turn in some consistent laps. It’s turned out really good after we worked on the bike all weekend, concentrating on the front end mainly,” said Smith. “There’s some more to do because I like the front end to be loaded a bit but it seems to be working. We made a big change for warm-up but probably went too far but, we’ve only had a couple of days with the CBR. The others out there have had a couple of seasons already.
(story courtesy of) www.bikesportnews.com
Kyle will race the brand new Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade ‘SP’ in the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup with Gerry Bryce and the ‘Racedays’ Honda squad.
WildWolf back on board and are supporting Kyle with this move.
Gerry Bryce, Team Owner: “We’re very pleased to announce such a strong line-up for 2014. Kyle has a great natural talent and I’m sure he will be able to get the very best from the new Honda Fireblade SP.
Kyle Smith: “I’m looking forward to next season and a new challenge. I most enjoy riding the bigger bikes and the feel from the Pirelli tyres really suits my style. The Honda’s probably still the best handling 1000cc bike so next year’s SP should be even better. Let’s see what next season brings, but my goal is to race WSBK in 2015 and I’ll be giving it my all to get there.”
Great Win for Kyle at the final round of the European 600 SuperStock in Jerez Spain,
Conditions were expected to be wet which would have suited the underpowered Honda but surprisingly it stayed a dry race which meant a gutsy ride from the tough Yorkshireman with 6 Kawasaki’s and Yamaha’s pecking at him he held the position from start to finish winning by .3 sec.
Top ride, nice to have a weekend with no problems.!
Honda Team ‘Agro-On Racedays’ delighted.
Another guest ride for Kyle in the SuperStock 600 class at Magny Cours France with the ‘Agro-On Racedays Honda Team’. Another poor qualifying 2 sessions with set up problems, red flags and un-predictable weather, Barely managing 11 laps of practice at an un known circuit, Kyle lines up 24th on the grid, and puts it in 7th for a stunning finish,
Considering the odds, good result !!