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Chris Burns sets sights on Sachsenring after debut disappointment

Chris Burns sets sights on Sachsenring after debut disappointment

Chris Burns sets sights on Sachsenring after debut disappointment

British youngster Chris Burns is preparing himself for his second assault on the MotoGP World Championship after his debut appearance at his home race ended in bitter disappointment. The 23 year old from Newcastle had impressed onlookers throughout the weekend as he qualified an outdated two-stroke ROC Yamaha in 22nd place on the grid, only to crash out on the second lap of the race. The nasty highside left Burns with a cracked collarbone and damaged pride but he hopes to be back in action at the next round of the 2003 season at Sachsenring in just over a week.

`I am so disappointed to have crashed out so early on my MotoGP debut,´ commented Burns, who qualified less than four seconds slower than pole setter Max Biaggi. `I got a reasonable start, got off the line quickly and lost it coming onto the back straight out of Coppice Corner, the engine misfired and the power came on suddenly, lit up the rear tyre and I was gone. My helmet is finished, totally destroyed and I´ve injured my collarbone. It´s not completely broken, so I will have some laser treatment on it this week. This is my fifth collarbone injury now but I´ll ready for Germany.´

Despite his impressive debut showing, Burns insists he has much more to offer as he gets used to racing again after missing the first seven races of the season. `As far as the weekend goes, for my home GP, I was hoping for much more, but at least I´m racing,´ he reflected. `I´m on the grid, working well with the team and we´re trying to do our best with the machinery we have at the moment. Hopefully we can get our four-stroke prototype back on the track very soon.´

Team boss Peter Clifford, who also saw second rider David De Gea escape unhurt from a nasty highside in qualifying, insisted there was no pressure on Burns to race after a difficult first weekend for the team. `It´s all fun until someone gets hurt. We were fortunate in that Chris´s broken collarbone and David´s practice crash could have been worse. We know we have a lot of work to do on the motorcycles before Germany, but we know what we´ve got to achieve. Chris is keen to ride at the Sachsenring, but there will be certainly no pressure from us.´

MotoGP, 2003

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