BURNS WINS, KENNAUGH CLOSES TITLE GAP SPLITLATH Motorsport Aprilia celebrated a first, a second and a third at Silverstone today, with Chris Burns taking his second win of the year, and Hudson Kennaugh closing the championship gap to just ...
BURNS WINS, KENNAUGH CLOSES TITLE GAP
SPLITLATH Motorsport Aprilia celebrated a first, a second and a third at Silverstone today, with Chris Burns taking his second win of the year, and Hudson Kennaugh closing the championship gap to just eight points.
The Wales-based outfit were spraying the champagne after Burns took the win in the first of today's races, while Kennaugh crossed the line second, before backing it up with a solid third in this afternoon's second race.
It means Kennaugh now lies just eight points behind Mirror.co.uk BSB-Evo Championship leader Steve Brogan, who crashed out of Race Two on the final lap while lying in third. Burns meanwhile, was disappointed to be taken out on the first corner in the second race, after being hit by the Motorpoint Yamaha of Loris Baz.
After a dry Friday and Saturday, the heavens opened just as the opening race got underway, and it was stopped on Lap Five to allow the teams to change tyres. At the restart, both Splitlath riders got good starts on their Aprilia RSV4 machines.
Within two laps, Burns was up to second, a place he held all the way to the final lap, when leader Gary Johnson made a mistake and ran off the track. Burns -- a rider who makes no secret of his love for the wet - was perfectly placed to pick up the lead, and take the chequered flag and his second win of the season. Kennaugh, who had been running just behind him for the whole race, race took the second.
"I'm delighted, over the moon with that, I really hadn't expected the win today," said a thrilled Burns, who took to the podium with his two-year-old son, Charlie. "This track was never going to suit our bike, and even when it rained I wasn't expecting this result. It was fantastic, the team gave me the best bike out there and it was great to be back on the top step here today."
Race Two however didn't bring the same success, as the Newcastle rider got a quick getaway at the lights but got caught up with Baz as the pack charged through Copse corner. With nowhere to go, Burns was pushed wide and off the track, crashing out.
But Kennaugh kept the Splitlath dream alive as he stuck in a solid fourth place behind Brogan for nine of the race's 10 laps. Despite almost getting caught out at Copse on Lap Eight, he managed to keep his bike upright and lost a second to Brogan. However, the Scouse rider made a similar mistake on the last lap, crashing out of the race. This meant Hudson was able to grab third, and more importantly, claw back 16 points from the leader.
"I couldn't believe it when I saw him go down, because I had done the same thing two laps previous, but I was able to keep it going," he said. "The team have worked really hard this weekend and it's great to be able to repay them with two podiums.
"The best bit is that we're now just eight points behind in the championship, and with three races left it's all wide open. In conditions like this everyone has to work to 110%, and I think we all did a sound job today. It means that gap is closer than ever now, and it's all looking good for a great showdown at Oulton Park."
Team Principal John Dimbylow added: "I'm really pleased that the gap is down to eight points in the championship, and that we've had such a great day. Both riders rode superbly out there in cold and wet conditions.
"Chris getting the win in the first race was fantastic, but it was a real shame that he was taken out in the second by a skating Yamaha. Thanks to Hudson's two solid podiums we can take this championship down to the wire.
"Today we've seen Max Biaggi take the World Superbike Championship and we hope to emulate the Aprilia WSB team's success and take the Evo championship on the RSV4."
-source: chris burns