On Saturday 27th June RS Racing were at Oulton Park in Cheshire. Being just a one day event, a good performance in the two races was crucial as double points were up for grabs in both. Ryan set about his work and stuck the Continental backed Honda RC-51 in a solid 4th place, on the second row of the grid.
Race one saw Ryan have great battle with a Ducati for 3rd place. After being involved in some close racing in the opening laps, the leading group of three riders edged away. After settling into the race, Ryan set his sights on reeling in the leading pack of three riders. On the final lap Ryan was on the back wheel of the Ducati, which was just about holding on to 3rd place. Ryan picked him off going into Hizzys with a classic block pass holding of the Ducati to secure 3rd place.
“It was great to battle with someone again. The last couple of races I have been on my own, it was good to exchange paint with someone again.” said Ryan after securing another vital podium.
Race 2 two saw Ryan get a great start, following the leaders into turn one. Ryan held pace for the first opening laps. Fortune played into Ryan’s hand when Richard Blunt’s chain snapped, handing him second place – one of his rival contendors for the Golden Era Superbike title having to retire early. In a reversal of roles the Ducati from race one hunted Ryan down, and again a battle commenced. This time the Ducati came out on top with the battle going right down to the line, giving Ryan another 3rd place and some more vital podium points.
“The battle was good. The bike handled well and we are making real progress with developing the bike. From testing on Friday to the last race we dropped 8 seconds off the lap times.”
“A huge thank you to Mike and Shari Koval, close family friends coming over from America to watch us race.
Also a thank you goes out to Continental for providing a great service and putting some great sticky rubber under me!”
Ryan currently sits in 3rd place in the championship with 328 points, and four round remaining – including a visit to Rockingham at the end of July. He is just 19 points behind Richard Blunt in 2nd place.
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All image credits to Ian Boldy Superbike Photography.