Splitlath back in Evo for Croft

Splitlath Motorsport Aprilia will be back in the BSB-Evo Championship at Croft this weekend after an agreement was reached with race organisers this week.

It means riders Chris Burns and Hudson Kennaugh will be able to once again battle for podiums on board the team's pair of Aprilia RSV4 machines.

After being excluded from the previous round at Cadwell Park and instead forced to run in the British Superbike Championship, ten days of talks between the team, MSVR, Aprilia and the FIM have ruled that the bikes are in fact eligible to run in the Evo class.

The exclusion followed an issue with the camshafts on the team's two bikes, which organisers deemed illegal, despite apparently being the only ones available to buy. Splitlath claimed the parts gave no power or performance advantage and that they remain up to 20bhp down on most of their rivals' machines.

However this week, further investigation has ruled that the problem was down to an admin error, and that the team had not deliberately or willingly added illegal parts.

“It has been a hard couple of weeks, and we were very upset to be disqualified over what realistically was an administrative error. However I am pleased we have been able to get a good outcome," said team principal John Dimbylow.

“We had not acted illegally, we were working with the only parts which were available to us, and it is good to see our names have been cleared over this."

The decision means Kennaugh, who had been leading the championship until Cadwell Park, can get back on the championship trail.

“It is great news that we have been ruled eligible for the Evo class,” he said. “After Cadwell I was devastated that my championship was over, but now we have been allowed back in it means we still have a chance.

Tagged as: Croft , Cadwell Park

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Binza - Unregistered

September 09, 2010 2:41 PM

Surely the fact that they were unable to compete at Cadwell has effectively handed Brogan & BMW the title. They should of been allowed to compete there & then sorted the problems out after the races. Innocent until proven guilty?

MJ - Unregistered

September 10, 2010 9:24 AM

If the Aprilia's Evo disqualification was because of an "admin error," so nothing to do with the team, whereas the BMW was actually running the non-control ECU, surely they should have their Evo points reinstated and BSB finish converted to an Evo position.

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