Chris Burns claimed MV Agusta's first ever win the British Superbike Cup Championship at Brands Hatch yesterday and managed to take some big-name scalps on the way.
Starting from 27th on the grid, Burns carved his way through the pack from the very first lap. By lap five he had passed every one of the Daily Star Superbike Cup challengers and then proceeded to hunt down Guy Martin on the Hydrex Bike Animal Honda.
He eventually had to settle for 14th place overall, gaining the team’s and MV Agusta’s first ever points in the full British Superbike Championship and at the same time taking a well deserved first place in the Daily Star Superbike Cup for privateer teams.
This success took him to within 20 points of cup leader John Laverty, who finished a distant third, some six seconds behind the STP Motorsport MV Agusta F41000. The race win was all the more impressive as it was achieved on the team’s second bike after the first bike developed technical issues in the warm up session.
Burns said: "To go out on the spare bike and pull off a victory like that is unreal. The whole team is determined to do well and I am certainly happy to be a part of a team which has such enthusiasm for the job in hand.
The pace that the MV Agusta had was enough to get me through the field relatively quickly but our lack of development was highlighted once I caught Guy Martin on the Hydrex Honda. I could stay with him but I was lacking the power to overtake. Having said that we are ahead of where we expected to be at this stage of the season and to chasing bikes such as the Hydrex Honda is testament to the potential of the MV Agusta.”