Robbie Brown in the 848 Challenge

Robbie Brown in the 848 Challenge

Ducati 848 Challenge front runner Robbie Brown is set to make his FIM Superstock 1000 Championship debut at Brno this weekend and will also contest his home round at Silverstone on August 5.

The ride with the DMC prepared 1199 Panigale is recognition of the excellent season he has had so far in the 848 Challenge.  Brown has dominated proceedings and currently leads the championship by 62.5 points with three rounds to go.

Brown steps in for Russian rider Alexey Ivanov who has been side-lined for at least the Brno and Silverstone World Superbike rounds due to an injury sustained at Misano.  Brown will partner Scot Kev Coghlan who lies 10th in the Championship and finished a creditable 6th place at Motorland Aragon at the last round.

“To be even offered this chance is just amazing. I have worked hard all year in the UK and when I was offered to ride in Brno and Silverstone I contacted everyone I knew to get the support required to compete”, Brown explained.

“Obviously my main priority is the 848 Challenge and I don’t want to sacrifice that but it will be great to ride the 1199 Panigale to keep me fresh over the 6 week break between now and Cadwell Park. Brno is going to be treated as a test for me. I have never ridden the bike or the circuit so I just want to come away with some positive data to hit the ground running at Silverstone for the home fans. It’s all credit to Ducati Manchester for making this happen and all the sponsors who have supported me. I can’t wait!”

The opportunity arose thanks to Chris Booth, Managing Director of Ducati Manchester, who commented, “Robbie had been asking all year for a ride on the Panigale so when this opportunity arose I could think of no one better. It was never a sure thing but with the help of various companies it has all been possible. I think this will be a great move for Robbie’s career. It’s not easy getting up the ladder into professional racing but Robbie has done a great job so far in the Ducati 848 Challenge so we wanted to see how he could ride the 1199 Panigale.”

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