KYLE Ryde and Leon Jeacock kicked their 2020 campaigns off in style with the lion’s share of big bike trophies at Mallory Park last weekend.
The Buildbase Suzuki boys were out for some final prep ahead of the Bennetts British Superbike championship opener in just a few days’ time, Ryde for a BSB assault and Jeacock for a Stock 1000 return, and they wasted no time in getting up to speed.
And with Ryde’s Superbike team-mate Keith Farmer as well as former BSB man James Ellison in the mix, the action quickly heated up.
After a comfortable qualifying to stick the GSX-R1000 on top ahead of Farmer and Jeacock, Ryde shot out of the gates in the opening Mallory Trophy race and was never seen again, cruising to a nine-second win over Farmer with Jeacock holding off Ellison for the final rostrum spot.
It was an identical finish in the first Superstock 1000 race and the exact same podium once again in the second Trophy scrap as Farmer looked to be closing the gap to Ryde, but the reigning British GP2 champ stamped his authority again in the final big bike race on Saturday with a fourth win some six seconds clear of Farmer.
With Farmer out of Sunday’s opener, Ryde had another easy win over Jeacock and Ellison before the next race left Ellison out of contention with a DNF and made way for Tim Neave to power up to second, while last year’s club champ Louis Dawson held off Jeacock for third.
And while Ryde looked to make it a perfect six wins from six starts in the final Trophy and Allcomers race, he was slapped with a five-second penalty for an incorrect grid position, handing Jeacock victory by a mere 0.070sec with Neave a few seconds behind Ryde for third.
Jeacock capped it off by powering the double in the last Stock 1000 scrap of the meeting with five seconds in hand over Neave and Dawson as Ryde failed to finish.