On a day of big announcements, the next one on the list regards the Rich Energy OMG Racing Team and once again a BMW M1000RR. The launch of the new model from the Munich manufacturer has aroused a considerable amount of interest amongst the protagonists of BSB British Superbike, a motorcycle (on paper ..) capable of taking it to the Ducati Panigale V4-R and Honda CBR 1000RR-R SP. After the signings of Xavi Fores and Peter Hickman for FHO Racing, Andrew Irwin and Danny Buchan in Synetiq BMW, the team run by Paul Curran has reached an agreement with Kyle Ryde. The news of this interesting pairing confirms the great work done in recent weeks by the teams linked to the German company, a fleet of riders of absolute depth.
A new challenge for Ryde in OMG Racing
Kyle Ryde is fresh off the back of an absolutely memorable season in the UK premier class with Buildbase Suzuki. By virtue of two wins achieved in the Silverstone 'National' round, he turned out to be one of the big surprises of this crazy 2020 season. Already winner in British 125cc (the youngest rider ever ..) and in British SuperStock 600, after an unfortunate spell in World SuperSport 600, Ryde returned to the UK in 2019 to kick-start his career again. Riding the Kalex of Team Kovara projects by RS Racing, he became British GP2 champion (Moto2 across the Channel) in the SS600 class.
These performances earned him a call-up by Buildbase Suzuki in British Superbike, a year that proved to be decidedly important. Despite finishing eighth in the championship, Kyle Ryde was able to gain more and more confidence, proving by far the best rider on the grid on the GSX-R 1000. Now, after moving up to Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW, he gets the opportunity for a definitive leap in quality.
Ryde said: “I’m really looking forward to this new challenge, signing a two-year deal, and it’s an exciting project. A massive thank you to Suzuki and to Hawk Racing for the opportunity to ride in British Superbikes, to get two wins for me and for them was a massive moment in my career. 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.”
Paul Curran, RICH Energy OMG Racing Team Principal, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Kyle to the team for the 2021 season, he impressed a lot of people on the Suzuki last season. 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.”
For both parties, the goal will be to fight for the top positions, with the name of the second rider to be announced shortly.