STP Racing has confirmed Chris Burns and Victor Cox will form its expanded British Superbike Cup line-up for the 2009 season.
Having last month announced plans to enter a second MV Agusta F4 1000 in this year's series, STP will continue to be led by Burns, while Cox graduates to British Superbikes after establishing success with the team at Superstock level.
For team principal Jon Strike, the retention of Burns and Cox gives the team the sufficient momentum to challenge for this year's Cup title.
“Getting confirmation of Chris and Victor as our riders for this season is a tremendous boost for the team,” he said. “The combination of their talents gives us the best rider pairing in the Cup and is up with the best in Championship. With the changes that have been made to the bike over the winter we have a real chance of upsetting a few of the championship teams.”
With experience at British, European and World Championship level, Burns is pleased to be returning to STP. He is particularly keen to get involved in the team's ambitious project to make the MV Agusta a more competitive package in 2009, including linking up with development partner JHS Racing.
“It's been a long winter and, while I have been working hard in the gym, I really want to get back to some serious testing,” he said. “We can then confirm just what improvements have been made to the bike since last year. From what I have been told the MV Agusta will be unrecognisable from last year both in terms of increased power and reduced weight, so it sounds very positive, bring it on.
“With the level of competition in the Superbike cup this season having a teammate like Vic will make life a lot easier in terms of finding settings for the bike. With Vic almost being a part of the furniture at STP it should all run like clockwork, and I cannot see it being too long before we get an MV Agusta 1-2 on the cup podium. And put in a serious challenge for consistent points in the main championship.”
Cox, meanwhile, was delighted with the deal and is confident the heavily revised F4 will be a contender for race wins when the season gets underway.
“When I got the news of the ride from Jon at STP I was over the moon,” says Vic. “I can't wait to start testing as while I have ridden the MV Agusta F4 before a recent visit to the workshop brought it home to me that in its current guise it is a completely different beast and should be up there with the best come the opening round.
“I have been spending much more time in the gym building my upper body and core strength to make sure I am ready for the challenge. This is a fantastic opportunity and I am determined to make the most of it.”