CHAMPIONSHIP PURSUIT CONTINUES FOR TEAM WD-40

TEAM WD40 rider Jon in action at Snetterton

TEAM WD-40 rider Jon Railton in action at Snetterton

Team WD-40 continue their pursuit of championship glory this weekend as the British Superbike series makes its second appearance of the season at Brands Hatch.

The team head to the Kent circuit in high spirits with all three riders – Joe Francis, Jon Railton and Tommy Aquino – producing some of their best performances of the season so far in recent meetings.

It’s another crucial weekend for Joe, from Backford near Chester, as he aims to stretch his lead in the Moto 3 class of the Monster Energy Motostar championship.

Two victories from the last three meetings – at Oulton Park and Snetterton – have ensured the talented 15-year-old has turned a 10 point deficit in the championship in to a 20 point advantage.

“The last few meetings have gone really well for us so we can’t wait to get to Brands Hatch and try and continue the good form,” said Joe.

“It’s a decent lead we have at the moment and it would be great if we could stretch that further over the weekend.

“It’s going to be a busy second half of the season but we are going to tracks where we feel we can have some success so hopefully we can continue to challenge for the top positions.”

Team WD-40’s Pirelli National Superstock 1000 duo Jon Railton and Tommy Aquino head to Brands Hatch buoyed by an excellent testing session at the track last week.

Jon, of Grafham in Huntingdonshire, is targeting a third successive points finish and a surge up the field after finishing in 11th and 15th in his last two outings.

“Things have been going steadily but I’m confident there is plenty of improvement still to come,” said Jon.

“Testing at Brands Hatch went exceptionally well and that’s given me a lot of confidence for the weekend to come.”

Tommy Aquino – who also impressed during testing at Cadwell Park in the last week – has a target on his mind after back-to-back eighth place finishes.

“I want to push into that top five and I think we can achieve that because our pace is good,” said the California-born rider, who currently lies 13th in the championship but is only 10 points behind eighth place.

“It’s my first season in England I’m learning all the time so hopefully we can have a very strong second half to the season.

“Testing at Brands Hatch means this will be the first time I’ve been to a circuit which I’ve visited before this season so hopefully that can be a real benefit.”

Team WD-40’s manager, Brent Gladwin, said: “We are getting stronger all the time and the atmosphere in the team at the moment is brilliant.

“There is no reason we can’t go to Brands Hatch, have three good results and make a real impression once again.”

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