STP Motorsport came away with a surprise British Superbike Cup victory, as well as a top ten finish overall, at Knockhill following a superb performance by Chris Burns.
Arguably the highlight of a chequered season for the popular MV Agusta team, the result was even more enjoyable given their much anticipated new engine failed to make it beyond qualifying, forcing Burns to revert to his Superstock-specification spare bike.
Nonetheless, despite being down on power compared to their rivals, Burns battled to a third place finish in the first Superbike Cup race before staying out of trouble through tricky conditions in the second race to grab a third win of the season.
Also scoring six points for the main championship in the process by finishing tenth overall, Burns was delighted to top the podium once again, particularly as he thought the team would struggle without the new engine.
“We were always going to struggle at Knockhill using the standard engine, so to come third in the first race and take the win and the top ten overall in the second race has to be seen as a fantastic result for the weekend's work. Hopefully we can build on this and go on to add to the wins and podiums at Cadwell Park and improve our position in the Cup standings.”
However, there was still an element of disappointment for Crew Chief Paul Snell having been unable to give the more powerful engine any meaningful running.
“It was disappointing not to be able to make use of the extra power that the new superbike engine would have given us but the decision not to run it became a simple one to make after qualifying.
“Before the problem arose it looked as if we may have been in a position to gain a third row start, and maybe sneak into the top ten in qualifying. As the session progressed, though, we slipped back to 17th overall while still managing to post the 3rd fastest time in the cup category.
“We now have time to test the new engine ahead of the next round at Cadwell Park and we expect to deliver the improvements on track that should have been present at Knockhill.”