Kyle Ryde has found a replacement race seat in World Supersport with Scdmidt Racing MV Agusta just in time for his home race at Donington Park next weekend.

Last year's British Supersport runner-up had been shocked to find out he'd lost his ride with Team Ranieri Med SC Racing after it withdrew from the World Superbike championship just days after the fifth round at Imola.

Having sat out the sixth round at Sepang, Ryde has secured a team for the rest of the season with Schmidt Racing and will team-mate former 125cc World Champion Nico Terol using the MV Agusta F3 675 machines.

"I am really very happy to be part of the Schmidt Racing Team and to race at Donington Park, which is my home track," Ryde said, having claimed third place in WSS last year as a wildcard at the British round. "For sure it will be hard because the bike and the team are new for me, but I'm sure the team will help me to be competitive right from the first practice and I think I'm lucky to debut at Donington as it's a track I know very well and that I like.

"I'll do my best to take advantage of the great opportunity that I have been offered and for which I want to thank the Schmidt Racing team and all my sponsors, who have made this possible."

Team manager Robert Balogh has welcomed the British rookie with opening arms and is confident he has one of the best rider pairings on the WSS grid.

"I'm really happy to welcome Kyle Ryde to our team," Balogh said. "He's undoubtedly one of the most talented and promising young riders in the World Supersport Championship. I have been following his progress since last year, when he made his debut in WorldSS at Donington Park, reaching the third step of the podium.

"With Terol and Ryde my team now has one of the best pairs of riders and I am sure that with them we can achieve great results."

Ryde's manager, reigning World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea, has thanked Schmidt Raicng and Dorna for their efforts to get the talented Brit back on the WSS grid and looks forward to cheering him on at Donington Park next weekend.

"Of course it is never ideal to change teams during the season, but I am sure that together with Schmidt Racing, Kyle can start to, firstly, enjoy his racing again and also reach his full potential in a new team that shares the same goals as him," Rea said. "I would like to thank Robert and the team at Schmidt Racing, Dorna and everyone who has made this possible and who believe in Kyle as one of the most talented young riders in the world."



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