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."