Burrows to make move after Kneen exit
Burrows Engineering Racing has lost the services of Manxman Dan Kneen, despite taking him to Ulster and Irish Road Racing Superbike titles in 2014.
Team owner John Burrows broke the news yesterday afternoon, throwing his plans for the upcoming season into chaos.
The affable Dungannon businessman and former racer said: "Over the weekend Dan and I had a conversation and he revealed that he has decided to seek his fortunes elsewhere next year.
"I appreciated his honesty and wish him all the best in the future. It is an amicable parting of ways and we have not ruled out working together again in the future. There's no point in burning bridges."
Burrows' team has been strongly linked to Jamie Hamilton and veteran Scottish racer Keith Amor.
Burrows is proud to have given Kneen a strong footing on the local and international road racing scene, having taken the 24-year-old to 12 Superbike wins en-route to the Irish and Ulster titles, not forgetting a hard-fought Superstock victory at the Ulster Grand Prix.
Despite no official announcement to date, Kneen is expected to join Ballymoney-based Millsport Racing for next season, with the rumour mill expecting James and Patrick Murray's JMF-backed team to run Suzuki machinery on the roads with Manxman.
In Qatar, Aprilia Racing's Sylvain Guintoli became the first Frenchman since Raymond Roche in 1990, to lift the World Superbike title.
Guintoli took a double win on the final weekend of the season at the Losail circuit, wresting the title away from outgoing champion Tom Sykes by just six points after 10 months of race action.
Ballyclare's Jonathan Rea took second place in race two, which handed him third place in the 2014 championship standings.
It's a respectable leaving present for his Pata Honda squad, as Rea departs to join Sykes in the factory Kawasaki team next season. His replacement will be none other than newly crowned world champion Guintoli.
Toome rider Eugene Laverty took a solitary 10th place away from the Losail circuit in his final appearance for Voltcom Crescent Suzuki, as he embarks on a new challenge in MotoGP with Aspar Honda for 2015. He links up with the team in Valencia this weekend for the final MotoGP round.