DAYTONA DOMINATED BY BRITTEN
The Britten Motorcycle Company has commenced another year of international racing with their second consecutive wins in all their class races at the daytona Speedway Florida. The two pronged campaign organised and backed by the Christchurch based company was well rewarded with wins in all races entered and a second place. The Britten backed Venator Racing entry with rider Andrew Stroud utilised the Formula USA open class race to prepare the setup of improved suspension components to suit the demanding high speed 3.56 mile speed bowl for their main events later in the week.
AHRMA Battle of the Twins included a range of Ducatis form the top of the range Corsa to earlier heavily modified 888's, the new Suzuki TL1000, the Honda VTR 1000 and Alan Cathcart's purpose built Yamaha TRX850 were among the field of starters. The Britten took the lead in turn one of the 10 lap race was never headed, crossing the line second was Cathcart and third Jeff Jennings (Ducati).
The first round of the World Sound of Thunder Series - this is a new class being an extension of the previous World BEARS SERIES won by Britten in 1995. The class is now opened to Japanese twins and the new Triumph Triples, thus increasing fields and competition. A field of 41 entries including, MOTOGUZZI, HARLEY DAVIDSON, SUZUKI, YAMAHA AND HONDA TWINS, BIG BORE DUCATIS, BUELL and TRIUMPH T595'S.
Stroud on the VENATOR/BRITTEN took the lead of the 15 lap race late in lap one, again hotly pursued by Cathcart on a Yamaha. Stroud maintained his lead throughout the race. The main threat came from the second Britten factory backed entry the 10k/MANSSON TECHNOLOGIES/BRITTEN ridden by Daytona expert Michael Barnes. This was the first outing for the new (No 8) Britten V1000 delivered to the US in early Jan. Barnes started from the 10th row of the grid and powered his way through the large field to take second place on lap 8. This brilliant ride resulted in the win and the second placing for the Britten entries (6 seconds) behind Stroud.
Barnes commented after the race on the power and nimble handling of the Britten V1000 claiming it is "an awesome machine" and he is looking forward to his involvement with the team through the remainder of the US season. To date there are no confirmed dates set for the next event in which this bike will run.
Both races were run in perfect dry conditions and were a a lead up to America's fasted and most prestigious Superbike race, the Daytona 200.
The leading edge technology n the Britten V1000 and the continued development of the past 18 months continues to keep Britten Race Bikes the centre of attention at this international event. Britten has won various races at this demanding venue since 1991, this is the second consecutive year their results have been so dominant in the twins class of international racing.
Britten Motorcycle Company Ltd wishes to thank 10k Racing, Mansson Technologies, VENATOR Racing, Mobil 1 SBS, ICI AUTOCOLOR and AEI for their continued support.