Knockhill British Superbikes: Chris Burns signs up for Team STP Racing in National Superstock

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Former WSM MotoGP rider Chris Burns will ride in the Metzeler Racetec National Superstock Championship at Knockhill this weekend with Team STP Racing.   

The Geordie will race the outfit’s MV Agusta after spending the past month helping the squad with development work.

Burns was drafted in to help the leading British Superstock outfit after team riders Victor Cox and newly-signed two-times World Endurance Champion Warwick Nowland both suffered broken wrists in earlier rounds.

And after three productive tests on the machine, Team Principal Jon Strike has rewarded him with the chance to race at Knockhill – with the possibility of more rounds in the coming months.

Chris Burns, 27, of Newcastle, is looking forward to returning to the British Superstock class. It was here that he rose to fame with the Roundstone Suzuki team. He set the lap record at Knockhill in 2002, which only beaten last year.

“I have to say I’m more excited about coming back to Superstock than I have been about anything else for a few years now,” he said.

“I was always at my best in this class, and even in the MotoGP years I used to miss the thrill of the thousands.

“Since I began working with STP, I’ve really started to enjoy riding again. I’m with a fantastic team who are really forward –looking and supportive, and I have been very impressed with the bike.

“The MV Agusta has great potential and it is a fantastic marque to be associated with,” he added. “My lap times throughout testing have been consistently good and I am very grateful to Jon and everyone involved at Team STP Racing for giving me this opportunity.”

Gary Pinchin

By Gary Pinchin