Monday, 6 October 2014

Held wearing National Superstock 1000 racer Joe Burns at Silverstone

Following the good result at Donington and the character building BSB debut in Assen, Joe and his team were looking forward to an outing at Silverstone, the early October weather was its usual variable self, with dry and sunny conditions for Free Practice and Qualifying, rain on the Saturday followed by dry conditions for the race on Sunday.

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Joe Burns at Silverstone- pic: Jon Jessop Photography
Free Practice ended with Joe in 5th place, 1.8 seconds of fastest man Danny Buchan, however the good news was that the team felt they could find more speed from the bike.
True enough Joe went out in qualifying and set his fastest ever time around the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit, and this with a setup that was not quite perfect, the end result was 7th on the grid, but with 0.5 seconds covering positions 3 to 7.

Sunday morning warm up and again Joe was 7th with a slightly larger margin, but generally things were looking positive for a good race, his 7th position on the grid being the outside of row 3, directly behind Buchan.

The race started well for Joe, he picked up 6th place by the end of lap 1 and then settled in to consistent lap times, by lap 6 he had secured 5th place and was in a tight group of three fighting over 3rd place, the result of this battle was a 5th place.

After the race Joe said’ “This was a tough race, the pace at the front of Superstock 1000 this year has been incredible, it seems like the top 6 riders are all making huge steps forward at every race meeting, it is great to be in amongst this group. 

The team is working hard to keep in the hunt, and once again I must thank all my sponsors, particularly JG Speedfit, Refresh Recovery and EACS, I am a little disappointed to have slipped to 8th in the Championship, but it is only by 2 points, roll on Brands Hatch.”

With this result Joe now lies 8th in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship.
The next race takes place at Brands Hatch 19th October. for more information on the fantastic motorcycle leathers worn by Joe Burns

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