BURNS READY FOR TOUGH FIGHT AT DONINGTON
Chris Burns is looking to build on his success at Brands Hatch two weeks ago as he returns to Donington Park for the first time in two years this weekend.
The 25-year-old from Newcastle is looking for a podium finish on Sunday, following his eighth placing in the opening round of the British Supersport Championship. Burns' last race at the famous Derbyshire circuit was with WCM in the 2004 Cinzano British GP, and he is hoping for better luck when he jumps aboard his AIM Racing Yamaha R6 this weekend.
"Brands didn't go as well as we'd hoped because we had various problems with the bike," he explained. "Friday got off to a good start when we were fifth fastest in morning practice and fourth by afternoon, but we just couldn't get it dialled in on Saturday.
"That left me way down in 16th for the start of Sunday's race, and in a championship as fierce as British Supersport, the chances of finishing anywhere near the front from way back on the fourth row are pretty much zero. Eighth wasn't too bad at the end of the day considering where we started, but it certainly isn't a result I can say I'm proud of.
"Going into Donington I've only got one objective, and that is to get a podium if not a race win. We haven't had anywhere near the amount of testing as most of the other teams and everyone at AIM has been working really hard over the last week to get the bike up to speed, so I'm looking to go out, qualify up front and have a great race.
"It was pretty clear to see at Brands how strong the competition is this year, and it looks like it could be a very hard-fought season. There are a lot of good, fast riders out there and we could be set for another fantastic race on Sunday."
This weekend's round will see Burns return to a track he last rode back in his troubled MotoGP days with the struggling WCM outfit. And he certainly won't be looking for a repeat of what happened last time he was there.
"It was 2004 and I crashed and broke my scaphoid in qualifying, so I only managed to complete one lap of the race before retiring. But that won't be happening this weekend.
"We left Brands two weeks ago as top Yamaha and we're planning on doing exactly the same this weekend. I'm upbeat and positive about the weekend and I'm raring to go."