News 22 Jun 2011

Burke continues learning curve in British Superstock 600 Championship

Aussie Ben Burke is quickly coming to grips with wet weather riding in the UK.

Aussie Ben Burke is quickly coming to grips with wet weather riding in the UK.

Australia’s Ben Burke continued his wet weather apprenticeship throughout practice and qualifying for the fifth round of the British Superstock 600 Championship at Knockhill last weekend.

Gaining more experience and pace with each session, Ben elevated his Yamaha into a qualifying position of 21st.

Greeted with a dry track for race day, Ben made an excellent start from the lights, taking five places on the opening lap before the Safety Car was called into play.

As proceedings re-started on lap five, Ben upped the pace, his lap times tumbling as he closed in on the front, eventually finishing ninth for the round.

“This weekend was another one where I improved my riding skills in the rain,” Burke said. “I am steadily getting much closer to the pace I need to be at and another weekend of wet weather should see me there.

“As for the race, I was very happy with my result considering I was starting from so far back. It was a good reminder that I can be competitive, with the third fastest overall lap time and fastest through both speed traps.

“Now I am looking forward to the next round where I can gain more valuable points.”

New Bike Interceptor Yamaha by Seton signing, Andy Lawson, didn’t quite have the British debut he had hoped for.

The 18-year old Australian fell victim to the slippery tarmac during Friday’s Free Practice session, the resulting crash eliminating him from the weekend’s activities.

Andy will rest up ahead of making his full debut at Snetterton.