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Brad Ray extends his British Superbike Championship lead after another stellar weekend for Stratford-based OMG Racing at Donington Park

BRAD Ray extended his British Superbike Championship lead after claiming another three podiums at Donington Park.

Brad Ray extended his British Superbike Championship lead. Photo: Ian Ward
Brad Ray extended his British Superbike Championship lead. Photo: Ian Ward

The 25-year-old now leads the way by 28 points following a brace of second-placed finishes, as well as taking third in the first of the weekend’s three races around the Leicestershire circuit.

After nine races, Ryde has stood on the podium eight times – twice on the top step – and is also a Milwaukee Race of the North and Milwaukee Spring Trophy winner.

It has certainly been an exceptional start to the new season for Ryde on Stratford-based OMG Racing’s Yamaha R1 and he’s been delighted with the consistency.

“I can’t complain about another three podium finishes,” said Ray, who sits top of the standings with 158 points. “That’s eight in nine so the consistency is there and that’s exactly what we want at this stage.”

Meanwhile, Ray’s team-mate Kyle Ryde had a mixed weekend. Having won the opening race, he then slid out in the next, before bouncing back with a solid fifth in the third and final race. Another points-paying weekend for Ryde leaves him sitting fourth in the standings with 117 points.

Reflecting on his mixed fortunes at Donington Park, Ryde said: “I wasn’t sure I was going to make it out for that last race, but the boys were incredible.

“It was nice to repay them all with a strong result as I’m sure they were all pretty nervous after such a big job. The bike felt a bit different, but that’s normal after a rebuild so it was important to come home in the best position possible to thank the team for their mega work.”

Team principal Paul Curran was proud of the teamwork shown to help Ryde get back out to compete in race three, and also paid tribute to the consistency Ray has shown in the early stages of the season.

“From Kyle’s deserved first win for us on Saturday to a full rebuild of his Yamaha R1 on Sunday afternoon is the contrast that superbike racing brings, but the technicians all stepped up to help and I’m proud of the teamwork shown from both sides of the garage,” said Curran.

“Brad had another really strong weekend, his consistency is great to see and although he was disappointed not to come away with a win, he is fully aware of how vital it is to bank points and podium credits as the regular season unfolds.”

The British Superbike Championship returns at Knockhill from 17th-19th June.

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