Burning Rubber

GEORDIE race-ace Chris Burns is looking to ruffle a few feathers today as he lines up in the Metzeler Racetec National Superstock Championship race at Oulton Park.

Burns is looking to ruffle some feathers

GEORDIE race-ace Chris Burns is looking to ruffle a few feathers today as he lines up in the Metzeler Racetec National Superstock Championship race at Oulton Park.

The former WCM MotoGP rider is again riding the Team STP Racing MV Agusta after the last round at Knockhill was cancelled because of severe weather.

The 27-year-old from Newcastle had been set for a one-off ride with the possibility of more to follow, after stepping in last month to help develop the new machine when the team’s regular riders were sidelined with broken bones.

Although the event was cancelled, Burns’ form during practice and qualifying was impressive. He posted the fifth fastest time in free practice, but was the victim of electrical problems in first qualifying, leaving him way down in 27th.

As the heavens opened, ruling second qualifying wet and impossible for riders to improve on their times, it was Burns who was quickest in the rain, posting consistently fast laps and finishing the session almost half a second ahead of his nearest rival.

After the race was abandoned, the team asked Burns to race this weekend, and hopes are high he can bring it home in the top five.

Not that he would be happy with that. “I want to win, I don’t think there’s ever any point in going out on a bike on a race track if you aren’t going out there with the intention of winning,” he admitted to Burning Rubber last night.

“Riding again is something I thought wouldn’t happen, I’d pretty much given it up if I’m honest, but I still like it when I get out there.

“This new project with the MV has given me a taste for racing again, and I’m making the most of it while I can.”

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Veazey's sidelined

TEESSIDE’S Paul Veazey is gutted to be missing out on today’s Superstock race, after being sidelined with a broken hand.

The 21-year-old from Middlesbrough, who is this year racing the Yamaha R1 of Krystal Racing Space Air, broke one of the bones in his left hand in a training accident last week.

And now he is doing his best to rest up and ensure the injury heals enough to be given the all-clear to race at his home round at Croft in less than month’s time.

Veazey, who was runner-up in the Superstock Cup in 2005, is currently in plaster and praying he is fit enough to race at the North Yorkshire circuit on August 10-12.

“Croft is my local track so its the one round where all of my friends and family can get to, and the idea of missing the race is just awful,” he said. “I have been looking to it pretty much all year, so if it turns out I can’t compete, I’m not going to be happy.”

Having just secured fuel sponsorship from Elddis Transport, Bell has spent the past month in and out of physio on his back, and hopes to be fighting fit to tackle the event.

“As well as contesting the Northern Championship this meeting will be used as a suspension testing weekend in preparation for Cadwell Park a fortnight after,” he said.

“With stiff opposition this meeting will test my new suspension parts and settings to its limit hopefully! I currently have an 11 point lead in the northern championship and hope to extend it.

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