Burns takes maiden Superstock 600 win
JOE Burns has taken his first Metzeler National Superstock 600 win at Knockhill this morning.
The 17-year-old Geordie led from lights to flag in the first of today's two races at the mountain-top Scottish track.
And now he is hoping for more of the same in this afternoon's second race.
Burns had qualified second on the grid in Saturday's first qualifying session, and when drizzle started to fall just minutes before the second session was due to get underway, no-one was able to better their earlier times.
At the green light this morning, Burns got the holeshot from championship leader and polesitter Jamie Hamilton, and was first into the first corner with his distinctive blue and white Splitlath Motorsport Yamaha R6.
Although there were times when Hamilton seemed to be closing in, he was never close enought to make a serious challenge.
The 20-lap race also saw it's fair share of crashes, and the safety car was deployed on Lap Three, and again on Seven while marshals cleared up debris of fallen bikes.
But Burns managed to get a strong getaway when the safety car went in both times, and towards the end of the race the pressure on him eased when Luke Mossey made a pass on Hamilton, the pair holding each other up enough to give Joe a solid lead.
Burns' first win has bolstered his championship hopes.
From lying fourth in the title scrap this morning, just 14 points shy of leader Hamilton, he is now third on 78 points, one behind second placed Luke Jones and just five adrift of Hamilton's 83.