Kyle Ryde has mutually agreed to split from Puccetti Kawasaki with immediate effect.

Citing performance and financial reasons, Ryde has left the Puccetti Kawasaki squad with two rounds of the 2017 World Supersport championship remaining.

Ryde joined the team at the start of the season and enjoyed an encouraging start to the campaign with fourth place in Australia and fifth place Thailand. Despite another top ten finish with eighth place at Aragon, Ryde’s charge somewhat stalled with just three points finishes in the next seven races ending with 22nd place in France last week.

A Puccetti Kawasaki team statement read: “As the season unfolded and despite the committed hard work from both Kyle and the team’s technical personnel, it became clear that the team’s structure could not successfully accommodate Kyle’s needs whilst also focussing on another rider likely to win a world Championship.

“Unfortunately, Kyle also found that his lap times on the differently configured and lower specification Ninja ZX-6R ridden at the end of last season were considerably better.

“With these factors in mind, the hard decision was made that Kyle should step down to provide the team with the immediate opportunity to run with another rider at the final two rounds of the championship.

“The partnership was formed with genuine positive intent and goodwill and so Kyle would like to wish everyone at the Puccetti Racing Team every future success and to also wish Kenan a full and speedy recovery from his recent injuries.

“Kyle would also like to take this time to thank everyone involved, particularly his sponsors, Jonathan Rea and all the Team 77 members. This now gives Kyle time to look ahead and focus on next season and his future racing career.”

The decision leaves Puccetti Kawasaki with just Michael Canducci from its junior team set for the final two rounds with Kenan Sofuoglu out injured after suffering a triple hip fracture sustained in a qualifying crash at Magny-Cours.



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