It was a tough weekend for Ricky and Ryan, who had hoped to secure a lead in the championship at Knockhill but instead had to contend with a series of technical difficulties.

The pair came into Round 3 of the 2017 Hyundai Heavy Industries British Sidecar Championship hoping to lay rest the ghost of Ryan’s accident at the same circuit last year. Ryan had a point to prove after being thrown out of the bike and dislocating his shoulder on his last visit.

This year the mishaps were less serious, but Ricky and Ryan still found things tough and only finished two of the three races.

They struggled to configure the settings of their outfit during the qualifiers on Friday and as a result ended up with a P5.

In the first race on Saturday an oil spill on the track meant the race was red flagged, and as Ricky and Ryan were one of the teams who span on the oil they restarted well down the pack in 17th position.

At the first corner they got tangled up with some of the slower riders and the wheel arch on their fairing came off which led to their retirement from the race.

Things went better in race two, and even though they had to fight their way up from the back of the grid they finished third, which the pair were really pleased with.

Under new rules brought in this year the top ten finishers in the opening race take positions in reverse order on the grid for the following race. This meant that Ricky and Ryan started the third and final race of the weekend in 7th position.

Problems with their suspension meant they had no rear grip at all and they finished a disappointing fifth. Not the weekend everyone had hoped for, and we now have a lot of work to do to get the outfit ready for Snetterton in two weeks’ time.