Battling onward and upwards..........
Elliot Burgess, riding the Sigma Performance Ducati 748SPS scored a
hard fought sixth at Knockhill in the second British Sport Production Championship round to share a weekend with the British Superbike series.
This was the first time the Sigma team had ventured north of the
Border into Scotland. This was our first visit to the circuit and some suspension and gearing changes were required for the qualifying outings on Saturday.
The weather was unseasonably cold and damp but was dry for raceday.
Again we found our major competitors whose bikes (unlike ours) were also eligible for the
British Supersport championship were using that classes practice sessions to gain additional information about the circuit.
Despite this, Elliot qualified as seventh 600-class bike. This round had been advertised as two
individual races, one for up to 600's and the second for the unlimited class, but this was changed to a single mixed class race at the last minute.
The race however certainly provided the thrills, Elliott got a good start and was circulating
right behind series second place holder Gus Scott (Yamaha R6) when, on the sixth lap, seven bikes went down in the first turn.
Elliott was one of the fallers, a victim of the oil from the first bike.
The race was stopped and restarted, during the ten minute break the 748 was kicked straight, new body panels, seat footrests, handlebars and control levers were fitted, Elliott had a
compulsory medical check and was back on the grid for the restart. Despite the crash Elliott was quickly back on the pace and came through to sixth place on aggregate.
Elliott said, 'I thought it was all over when we came back to the pit lane but Bruce, Neil and Iain
went for it, we had a useable bike with a couple of minutes to spare, it has looked better though......, I couldn't believe it when the front just went, there must have been oil everywhere'
Elliott and Sigma are now up to fourth position in the championship.
There are two races still to go with 50 points available, roll on Thruxton.
Sigma racing has been racing as a team for six years and last year raced a Ducati Supermono,
winning the Daytona and Donington SBK Supermono races.
Following the demise of that series the team has decided to use its Ducati and racing experience
by preparing Ducati 748SPS for the British Sport Production Championship.
Sigma Performance is supported and helped by Moto Cinelli; First Quote Insurance; EBR; Dunlop;
Ohlins; CJM Ducati Clothing; Ferodo; AFAM USA.