BSB: Kyle Ryde joins Rich Energy OMG Racing for 2021
The Rich Energy OMG Racing team has announced the signing of Kyle Ryde for the 2021 Bennetts British Superbike season.
Ryde, who made his full-time BSB debut last season, makes the switch to BMW power after spending the 2020 season with Buildbase Suzuki.
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The 23-year-old, who has signed a two-year deal with OMG, put the paddock on high alert in his maiden campaign with a sensational double victory at Silverstone – as well as picking up a third podium at that race meeting.
“First, I have to say a massive thank you to Suzuki and to Hawk Racing for the opportunity to ride in British Superbikes, we had some fantastic results and I will always be grateful to Steve [Hicken] and the team for everything they have done for me,” Ryde said.
“2020 was an incredibly competitive season and to get two wins for me and for them was a massive moment in my career.”
Ryde was instantly competitive last season and despite a tougher end to the campaign he managed to finish ninth overall in the standings. Next season Ryde will get his hands on the highly anticipated BMW M1000 RR.
“Moving to 2021/22 I’m really excited about riding the new BMW. The M1000 RR is a really exciting prospect and I’ll be aiming to get as many laps in on one as soon as possible, the preparations have already started for next season and once I feel at one with my new bike and team, I believe we’ll be up at the front.”
Alongside his promising start in the Superbike class Ryde is also the youngest-ever British 125cc champion – securing the crown in 2011. He also won the 2014 Superstock 600 title and then the 2019 GP2 Championship. Ryde also has experience on the world stage having previously competed in the World Supersport Championship.
“I’m delighted to welcome Kyle to the team for the 2021 season, he’s one of the Championship’s top young talents and we’re looking forward to see him settle in on the M1000 RR,” team principal Paul Curran added.
“He impressed a lot of people on the Suzuki last season, obviously a double win at Silverstone stands out but throughout the season he has been consistently on the pace. He’s a great lad with a sensible head on his shoulders who just wants to get out there and ride his bike, his attitude and hunger to win is exactly what we wanted to take the team forward.”
Talks are ongoing with several riders regarding the second seat within the OMG team, with an announcement expected in the coming weeks. Luke Mossey and Héctor Barberá' parted ways with the team at the end of the 2020 season.