Perfect BSB debut for BMW

Steve Brogan and Jentin Racing take BMW to Evo victory on its debut in the British Superbike Championship
Steve Brogan and Jentin BMW have marked themselves out as the early forces to be reckoned with as they kicked off the inaugural British Superbike Evo series at Brands Hatch with two comfortable wins.

The new sub-division, which replaces the British Superbike Cup class, made its first race appearance at the 2010 BSB opener and with six present manufacturers and 14 riders participating, picking a winner pre-season proved difficult.

Nonetheless, it soon became clear who would be the combination to beat around the Kent circuit as the former Superstock champion lifted the Jentin Racing-prepared BMW S1000RR – new to the BSB series this season – into a competitive mid-field spot overall during practice.

After qualifying on pole position, Brogan proceeded to lap well within the overall mid-field, eventually securing an impressive 14th on the bike's debut – even if a phantom red flag period prevented him from finishing higher.

"I couldn't have wished for a better start to the season, really,” Brogan told the BSB website. “To come away with a double win in the BSB-Evo class and a top-ten finish in the overall standings is amazing, I'm very happy.

“In the first race I made a reasonable start but lost a lot of time because I rolled off when a bike blew up in front of me. I thought they'd red-flagged the race but they hadn't and by the time I got back on it there was a big a gap to make up. I was happy enough with the BSB-Evo win and 14th overall.”

Race two proved even more successful as Brogan capitalised on a number of problems for riders ahead to scale the timesheets. Dicing for position with Buildbase Kawasaki's Adam Jenkinson, Brogan eventually prevailed to secure a marvellous tenth place finish.

"In the second race, I made a good start in the second one and soon settled into a rhythm. A few of the Superbike guys ahead went off so I knew I was close to a top-ten result. I was having a great race with [Adam] Jenkinson and managed to pull a little bit of a gap.

“[Martin] Jessopp had a bit of a later charge and managed to get past, but I knew I had the class win in the bag. I know some of the faster Superbike guys didn't finish but I'll take the 10th place overall. It was what I was aiming for this weekend and I'm over the moon that I did it."

Brogan leads the Evo standings by ten points from MAR Kawasaki's Hudson Kennaugh and 18 points over Splitlath Aprilia's Chris Burns

Tagged as: BMW , EVO , Brogan , Jentin

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Simon Lovett - Unregistered

April 09, 2010 4:14 PM

Thanks for your input on this matter Jon but the BMW on stock electrics should not be allowed to race in the EVO class...Upgrade the engine and put the bike in the superbike championship proper. The 2 main specification rules for EVO are 1-standard engine and 2-a controlled ecu.Jf your bike cannot meet these regulations then it is not eligable.

Simon Lovett - Unregistered

April 09, 2010 1:29 PM

EVO....I think not...I have been told that the Jentin BMW EVO Bike was running on a STANDARD BMW ecu and not the Motec box that Evo spec bikes have to use. Just because you cannot get a bike to run on a Motec ecu it does not mean that you can bend the rules... My 2008 Yamaha R6 superstock bike is not competative unless i adjust the cam timing and fit a kit head gasket so if i explain this to the organisers they will bend the rules for me.. The number one rule in the EVO SUPERBIKE class is that you have to use a controlled ecu...CONFUSED :? :?

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