Splitlath Aprilia’s two-man BSB Evo team

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Chris Burns and his teenage brother Joe with ride a pair of Splitlath Racing Aprilia RSV4 Factory superbikes in the new BSB Evo class this year.

For Chris, now 31, it’s a lifeline to rebuild his career.  For Joe, 17, it’s an opportunity to prove himself in the blue riband BSB class.

The privateer team is owned by Hay on Wye businessman John Dimbylow and not to be confused with the official Aprilia effort run by GR Racing in National Superstock with Karl Harris.

Lacking official recognition doesn’t bother the ambitious and enthusiastic Dimbylow who has established his superbike team with a three-year programme in mind.

“Our intention is to work with the RSV4 Factory model for the next three years in BSB Evo.

“The Italians (Dimbylow bought his bikes direct form the factory) are all 100% enthusiastic about our project and so welcoming,” he said.

“I’ve bought £50,000 worth of bikes and £20,000 worth of spares so far and I aim to have the most bling in the BSB paddock.

“I want to attract publicity – to have the TV cameras in our garage every weekend.

“I’ve made the initial investment and next year will cost me a lot less to run the team, having bought all the bikes, spares, truck, equipment, but I still need to find a backer for the future.”

Dimbylow has Derek Huxley working for him in a technical capacity – and as Chris’ crew chief.

Former top class racer Huxley was Alastair Seeley’s technician when he won the National Superstock title with Relentless Suzuki last year.

Gary Pinchin

By Gary Pinchin