Kyle Ryde loses World Supersport seat as team withdraws from series

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British racer Kyle Ryde has been left without a ride in the World Supersport Championship after his Team Ranieri Med – SC Racing squad withdrew from the series with immediate effect.

Ryde showed his potential with a shock podium in a wildcard ride at Donington Park last year before going on to secure a full-time ride on the world stage for 2016.

The 18-year-old has struggled in the opening few rounds and currently lies 24th in the championship standings after just two points finishes this season, but despite clear progress in recent races the Briton is now left looking for seat to complete the season.

A statement on Ryde’s website read: “It is with great regret that we have to inform you, Team Ranieri Med – SC Racing have withdrawn from the 2016 World Supersport Championship with immediate effect.

This devastating news has come completely out of the blue with no prior discussion or warning.

Team Ranieri Med have rightly released Kyle from his contract to allow him to pursue other opportunities.

We cannot comment further at this point but a statement will be released in due course outlining Kyles current situation.”

Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing