Aaron Zanotti has admitted that having failed to break his duck in the EVO class of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship last year, that will be his principal target in 2011 after inking a deal to return to the grid with the Spike Racing BMW outfit.
Zanotti claimed five EVO rostrum finishes last season en route
to fifth in the final standings with Red Viper Spike Suzuki, albeit none of them on the very top step – but inspired by the title-winning exploits of Steve Brogan aboard the BMW S1000RR in 2010, the 29-year-old is buoyant about his chances of achieving his goal, and maybe even more besides.
“We are all really looking forward to this season and excited about moving to BMW,” he told the official BSB website. “You could see from last year's EVO championship that the BMW was definitely a winning package, and I think if we concentrate on chassis development then we will get more from it than the bike we rode last year.
“I think we will then have a good chance this year to get regular podium finishes – last season we just missed the win, so I want to put that right this time round.
“We are heading to Cartagena soon for pre-season testing and I know that there will be lots of riders on-track, so it will be a good gauge on where we are at ahead of the season. Everything is coming together for us, and I am looking forward to the new challenge and developing the new bike.
“There are a few BMWs entered into EVO for this season, which is good as we have a direct comparison in our achievements – but I think we have a good chance.”