News 11 Jul 2011

Aitchison content, but has work to do, following 12th in race two at Brno

Aitchison battled clutch and tyre wear issues at Brno.

Aitchison battled clutch and tyre wear issues at Brno.

Australia’s Mark Aitchison has come away pleased with his 16-12 race finishes at the Brno, Czech Republic round of the World Superbike Championships, given the conditions under which they were achieved.

Aitchison started from row three of the grid, battling a clutch issue in race one which hampered him in race one.

“My two races in Brno today have been satisfying but difficult. During race one we unfortunately broke an internal clutch spring which affected my result,” Aitchison explained.

Race two saw a slightly more positive result after reverting to a different clutch setup, but the Kawasaki rider still had to deal with tyre wear issues on his way to 12th place.

“For race two  the team made a decision to revert back to our original clutch from Aragon. This meant I was entering in race two with a bike I was slightly unfamiliar with, but I believe it was the right choice,” he stated.

My pace in race two was quite good but again as in Aragon, after eight laps we suffered a major loss of grip from the rear tyre.”

Overall I’m happy with the work from this weekend, but we must again look to improve the bike on consistent rear grip. Thank you to my team for their hard work this weekend”.

Aitchison currently sits 19th in World Superbike standings after eight rounds of the series.