SPLITLATH IN IT TO WIN IT AT SEASON SHOWDOWN
SPLITLATH Motorsport Aprilia are going all out to win the inaugural Mirror.co.uk BSB-Evo Championship as the season reaches its climax at Oulton Park this Sunday.
With rider Hudson Kennaugh just eight points behind leader Steve Brogan ahead of this weekend's three-race showdown, the team hope to build on the momentum which has seen them claw back 40 points in two rounds to topple the BMW rider and walk away with the silverware at the Cheshire circuit.
Kennaugh and team-mate Chris Burns have locked out the podium in all of the last four races, taking three wins, a second and a third between them, and now both are gunning for victories and points this weekend.
Kennaugh says he is fired up and ready to take on Brogan at the Scouse rider's home track. "It may be his local track but I believe the momentum is with us right now. We're on a roll and if we can stay on it then we'll be very dangerous," he said.
"I'm feeling very confident. I love Oulton Park, I've taken many lap records around there so I'm not concerned about how well he knows the place. I'm in a place now where I'm happy and comfortable with the team, I know the bike and I haven't been off the podium in four races.
"We're in a strong position. Since Cadwell we've chased him down and destroyed his lead and if we can stay strong this weekend then it should be ours. We aren't the ones under pressure, that's his worry now."
Chris Burns is looking to end his season on a high after a troubled start which saw him plagued by injury. After winning the opening race at Silverstone a fortnight ago, he was taken out in the second in what he believed could've been his best race of the year and is looking to make up for it this weekend.
"I know I said it at the time, but that really should've been the double for me so I am determined to set the record straight this week," he said. "I had a great ride at Silverstone and if we can pick up where we left off there and find that pace again, I'll be up there challenging for the wins...all three of them."
Team Principal John Dimbylow remains confident ahead of the weekend. "Since Cadwell when we were eliminated and then reinstated again, not only have we pulled back Brogan's 48-point lead to just eight, we keep beating him.
"Every time we've gone out we've come back and back and back at them. I would much rather be where we are and eight points behind and in ascendancy than eight points ahead and defending. The pressure is on. We are in it to win it and are going to be a big problem for them."
This weekend's series finale starts on Friday and runs over three days, with three free practice sessions before qualifying and Race One on Saturday afternoon, and Races Two and Three on Sunday.