Brogan moves up to full BSB class for Thruxton

Steve Brogan, the dominant Evo-class winner at the season-opening Brands Hatch round of the 2010 British Superbike Championship, has been forced to move up to the main class at this weekend's Thruxton round.

The move has been prompted by delays in pairing the official Evo-spec Motec ECU to the Jentin-run S1000RR Superbike.

Special dispensation was given for round one only - also the first ever Evo event - and with no solution yet in place to pair the standard ECU to the BMW engine, Brogan will continue with the bike's standard electronics and thus only be eligible for full BSB class points this weekend.

"The rule break was only ever granted by MCRCB for round one of the championship, and going forward it would not have been in the overall interests of the Evo project to keep rolling over dispensation,” explained BSB Series Director, Stuart Higgs.

“We've had a very positive session today with Motec, Bernie Toleman of Jentin and Steve Brogan with a fixed schedule planned to get the BMW S1000RR fully compliant to EVO specification and on track in advance of the Oulton Park round [round 3].”

After finishing 14th overall in race one at Brands and 10th in race two, Brogan claims to be delighted at officially 'stepping up'.

“I am absolutely stoked to be in the main championship this weekend, it is going to be a challenge but I am definitely up for it,” he said. “Although I am on a standard BMW, I think the S1000RR won't be too far away to get me back in the top ten again. That is my aim as that is what we managed at Brands Hatch and despite not competing in the Evo class this weekend I still need to beat them.

“I know that we have the potential to do well here as most of the time the pack all bunch together and it is about slipstreaming so I just need to keep my head down and achieve as much as we can here. It is going to be important to have a strong qualifying and then get a good start to get away in the leading bunch and then just go for it."

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Steve Brogan - Jentin Racing BMW [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Jason O`Halloran, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Luke Mossey, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Peter Hickman, Smiths BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Tommy Bridewell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Bradley Ray, Buildbase Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Sylvain Guintoli, Bennetts Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Alastair Seeley, Tyco BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Lee Jackson, Smiths Racing BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Haslam, Byrne, Mossey, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]

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Ken Thomas - Unregistered

April 22, 2010 10:41 AM

Junkmale...Your right Troy was 4th in Valencia but he is a world class rider and in my opinion would still be winning WSB races on an Apriia RSV4 or Sukuki K10..If Corser cannot win on a BMW...NOBODY CAN so why compete in BSB at superbike level...

Ken Thomas - Unregistered

April 19, 2010 9:14 AM

Steve Brogen needs to be back racing in the superstocks..The Bmw is never going to be competitive in the superbike class as Corser and Xaus have proved so why Jentin think they can compete is the superbike class is probably being a bit ambitious.As for the Evo class..Steve is a more experienced rider than all the other competitors in the Evo class so victory in this class is well within Steves capabilities but he is a racer and i am sure he would rather be 1st past the post so to speak than mid-pack in race with far superior machinery. Well done at Thruxton Brogie and good luck for Oulton Park...

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