Kyle Ryde started his racing career on minibikes and progressed to the 125cc class with consummate ease. Taking the British 125cc title in 2011 as the youngest-ever winner of the championship, Ryde also contested the Red Bull Rookies Cup in 2011 and 2012. Moving to the 600cc Superstock class he secured his second national title in 2014 before campaigning a Yamaha R6 in the British Supersport championship, finishing runner up, the highlight of the season being a stellar display as a wildcard in the World Supersport Championship at Donington Park finishing second to the eventual champion, Kenan Sofuoglu. World Supersport was the next step but a difficult time in the championship swathe Nottinghamshire rider return to the UK, taking time out to regroup before returning to full-time racing in 2019, taking his third British title after dominating the GP2 series. For 2020 Ryde finally got his chance of a full-time British Superbike ride during which he took a breath-taking win at Silverstone as well as Pole Position and the Fastest Lap of the race. 2021 saw Ryde join RICH Energy OMG Racing but endured a difficult season despite standing on the podium at his home round at Donington Park. Ryde remains with the team for 2023 after securing the showdown and finishes on the pdium. He is eager to make his mark with his favoured manufacturer and their stands as a title challenger in 2023.
The 23-year-old is no stranger to the BSB paddock, having taken victory in the Junior Superstock category in 2018, winning all but two races that season, eventually accruing a lead of more than 100 points against his nearest rival. The same year would also see Vickers awarded the coveted Pinhard Trophy, awarded to the Best Under-21 Motorcyclist under ACU (Auto-Cycle Union) or SACU (Scottish Auto-Cycle Union) jurisdiction, joining the likes of Mike Hailwood, Jeff Smith and Scott Ellis.
In 2022, Vickers contested his fourth BSB season, alongside standing in for Leon Haslam during his World Superbike Campaign for a round at Autodrom Most, the Thetford-based racer’s second appearance on the global stage, following a Wild Card entry in 2018.
Vickers joins teammate Kyle Ryde, who’ll be competing for his second season with the Cannock-based team, on their championship winning Yamaha R1. Both riders will join the team on their trip to Cartagena in December, organised by Team Owner Alan Gardner as a thankyou to the team, allowing them to ride the Spanish circuit, as well as a shakedown test for the Superbikes.
James started riding at the age of four and began racing two years later in trials races. His road racing career started when he was seventeen and he soon moved into the Virgin Mobile R6 Cup where he finished fourth in 2004. Subsequent seasons saw him compete in both the British Supersport and British Superstock 1000 Championships scoring numerous top ten positions.
The Hampshire rider’s first TT appearance came in 2008 at the age of 23, where he competed in the two Supersport races for Jackson Racing, finishing 19th in the first four lap race and improving to 17th in the second. The two results saw him not only lap at more than 119mph and win two silver replicas but also win the coveted Newcomers Trophy. Later that year, he finished second in the Dundrod 150 National race, and his results in his first year on the roads certainly got the heads of leading sponsors turning. Since then James has gone on to proving himself as one of the worlds leading International road racing riders. He will contest the National Superstock 1000, NW200 and the famous Isle of Man TT Event for LAMI OMG Racing.
At just 20-years-old, Daykin is a newcomer to the racing circuit, having spent his youth playing football at a high level, before taking to the track for the first time in June 2021 with his father. It quickly became obvious that the financial paraplanner had a natural aptitude, and in 2022 he wouldenter No Limits’ Newcomer 600 series on a Yamaha R6 13S, where he would score 8 podiums and
finish the competitive championship 7th overall.
The Nottingham-born racer will contest his first Pirelli National Junior Superstock championship with
the reigning Bennetts British Superbike Champions, after Team Owner Alan Gardner recognised his talents last year. During the team’s annual end-of-year test in Cartagena, Daykin would spend hours each day getting used to the bike he’ll be racing during 2023, as well as working with the team decoding data & understanding bike setup.