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Splitlath title hopes hurt by technical ruling

Splitlath Aprilia's hopes of winning the inaugural Evo title are dealt a blow by a controversial technical ruling.
Splitlath Aprilia has expressed its 'shock' at having had their British Superbike Evo hopes almost ruined by a technical infringement ten rounds into the season.

The ruling was made prior to qualifying at Cadwell Park after officials declared that certain parts on the RSV-4 did not meet Evo-specification requirements.

With Splitlath, on the advice of the Aprilia factory, insisting the parts are no different to those that were homologated at the start of the season, they believe they have been unjustly denied valuable points.

The ruling came at a crucial time for the team as they challenge for Evo honours with Hudson Kennaugh, the South African heading to Cadwell Park with a two point advantage over Steve Brogan. The BMW rider's two wins move him 48 points ahead now.

With little chance to change the parts before Croft, Splitlath team principal John Dimbylow is now waiting on a possible change in the regulations to allow it to compete in the Evo class again.

“We are still all shocked to have been excluded, particularly with the way and in the manner it happened.

“We have spent a lot of time on the phone to Aprilia who confirmed to us that these parts are legal and it transpires that we are unable to buy any other parts. This means that we will possibly have a problem for Croft.

“We are hoping that between now and then that either Aprilia, the FIM or MSVR can sort something out so we can come to an agreement that is mutually beneficial to all parties.”


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Chris Burms - Splitlath Aprilia [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Mark Aitchinson:  Splitlath Aprilia:  Credit: David Salisbury
Mark Aitchinson:  Splitlath Aprilia:  Credit: David Salisbury
Jakub Smrz - Splitlath Redmond Aprilia [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
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Mark Aitchison - Splitlath Redmond Aprilia [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
John Laverty, Splitlath-Redmond Racing Aprilia    (Credit:David Salisbury)
John Laverty, Splitlath-Redmond Racing Aprilia    (Credit:David Salisbury)
Derek Redmond, Splitlath-Redmond Racing Aprilia    (Credit:David Salisbury)
Taylor Knapp, GR Aprilia  {credit: David Salisbury}
Florian Marino, Splitlath Aprilia  {credit: David Salisbury}
Florian Marino, Splitlath Aprilia  {credit: David Salisbury}
Florian Marino, Splitlath Aprilia  {credit: David Salisbury}
Florian Morino Splitlath-Redmond Racing Aprilia - [picture credit: Ian Hopgood Photography.com]
Florian Morino Splitlath-Redmond Racing Aprilia - [picture credit: Ian Hopgood Photography.com]
John Laverty Splitlath-Redmond Racing Aprilia - [picture credit: Ian Hopgood Photography.com]
Florian Marino - Splitlath Redmond Aprilia [pic credit: David Salisbury]
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LeisureSuit Larry - Unregistered

September 01, 2010 1:54 PM

Isn't it time that WSB, BSB & AMA all went 100% evo? For too long, factories have got away with homologation 'specials' that bear little resemblance to the bikes we ride. It's not just Aprilia, Ducati has done it for years, Foggy Petronis did it, and the Japanese did it with 750 'specials'. Superbikes seems to be increasingly moving towards prototypes, whilst MotoGP is going the opposite direction. Soon there will be little difference. Minimum 5000 bikes manufactured BEFORE homologation, no kit parts, and a standard ECU plus very restricted room to modify. That is the spirit of super bike racing and where it should go IMHO. It would cut costs too.

Hedgeholer - Unregistered

September 01, 2010 1:37 PM

Can't help noticing Splitlath are *not* mentioning they're two points ahead of Brogan because HE was barred from a couple of races over his standard BMW ECU... Which he had to run as the EVO 'one size fits all' chip didn't work on the BM. Interesting the statement from Aprilia 'those are the *only* parts available mind. If that's true, what are 'Prily riders supposed to do? IF.



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