SENSATIONAL TEAM WD-40 SOARING AFTER CLASSIC CADWELL DOUBLE

Team WD-40 were jubilant over the Bank Holiday weekend, celebrating two stunning  wins from Tommy Aquino and Joe Francis in front of a bumper crowd at the British Superbikes at Cadwell Park.

Aquino got the wheels in motion on an unforgettable afternoon for the team in Lincolnshire as he maintained his sensational recent form with a brilliant maiden victory in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000.

Success on a sun-kissed afternoon saw the 21-year-old Californian storm up from seventh to third in the championship standings, and kept him in title contention with three races remaining.

Huntingdonshire’s Jonathan Railton was forced to withdraw after seven laps through a combination of an on-going injury and some minor issue with the bike.

Following on from Aquino’s victory, scenes of celebration returned to the Team WD-40 awning less than four hours later when Joe Francis got the better of Andy Reid after a titanic tussle for glory over 12 epic laps in the Monster Energy Motostar.

It means 15-year-old Joe, from Backford near Chester, now enjoys a 36 point lead over Tarran Mackenzie at the top of the Moto 3 class championship heading to Donington Park in two weeks time.

 

Tommy Aquino in action during his victory in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000

Tommy Aquino in action during his victory in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000

Superstock 1000

Aquino secured his first ever pole in Britain courtesy of a brilliant display in qualifying which left him three tenths ahead of his rivals, and maintained that electric pace on race day.

Despite slipping from first to fourth on the opening lap, the American was soon fighting his way back up to the field on his Kawasaki ZX10r and produced eye-catching passes on Victor Cox and championship leader Adam Jenkinson coming out of the famous ‘mountain’ at Cadwell Park.

Aquino surged past Tristan Palmer on lap four to move back to the head of the field and, from that moment, the outcome was never in doubt.

The American quickly extended his lead to well over two seconds, an advantage he maintained up until the race was red-flagged at the start of the 11th of 15 scheduled laps.

“It feels great to get a victory,” said Aquino. “We have been getting closer and it’s brilliant for the entire team.

“I’d only been to Cadwell Park for one track day and done about 40 laps but I loved it straight away.

“I didn’t have the best of starts but I didn’t panic and when I got back into first position, I just wanted to put my head down and extend my lead.

“The feeling within Team WD-40 is fantastic and we have a great set-up with the bike at the moment so I can’t wait to get to Donington.”

Aquino is now in third position in the championship and within 53 points of Jenkinson.

Whilst Jon Railton was disappointed not to add to his tally of 13 championship points, he’s confident of regaining his early season promise with three big results in the remaining meetings.

“It’s always disappointing to have to pull out,” said the 22-year-old from Grafham.

“But we have got three tracks remaining, which I’m confident I can do well at and totally focussed on securing a really strong end to the season.”

Railton has ‘bonus’ action next weekend when he competes in the Silverstone 200, 100km races on both Saturday and Sunday.

“It’s part of the Moto GP weekend and it’s all the different classes competing against each other so we will give it our best shot and see what happens,” he added.

 

Motostar

After qualifying in second spot behind Andy Reid, Francis set his sights firmly on recording a third Monster Energy Motostar success of the campaign.

What followed was a truly memorable battle and a fitting climax to an excellent meeting. Francis and Andy Reid pulled well clear of the chasing pack to engage in a thrilling battle for glory with the lead exchanging hands numerous times on each lap.

With both riders enjoying strong sections of the circuit, a blanket could be thrown over the pair throughout.

But it was Francis who held his nerve in the crucial closing lap to cross the line 0.020 seconds ahead of his rival.

“It’s my third win of the season and they have all been enjoyable but I think that was the most special,” said an elated Francis.

“It was a fantastic race and I just had to dig in on that final lap.

“I’m delighted to have stretched the lead in the championship and it’s a good position to be in, but we know there is still a lot of work to be done.”

 

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Team WD-40’s manager, Brent Gladwin, said: “What a fantastic weekend it’s been for everyone involved with the team and all the sponsors who make this possible.

“We always knew Tommy could do it and it was just a case of when rather than if.

“Cadwell Park is a very special track and one that either talks to the rider or doesn’t. If it talks to you, you love it and if it doesn’t you loathe it.

“From the time Tommy came for a track day you could see he loved it and it was a tremendous performance to qualify in pole and then win the race in the fashion he did.

“We’re up to third now which is fantastic and we have a shot at the title.

“Jon hasn’t done anything wrong. He’s taken some big hits and he just needs something to happen to get him going again.

“We all know what he can do and we are just looking forward to all working together to get the results we know he’s capable of.

“It’s hard to believe Joe is only 15 and it’s fantastic for him to have already picked up three wins this season. We’re in a good position in the championship.”

David Whittome, Head of Marketing at team sponsors WD-40, said: “It was a sensational performance from everyone associated with the Team.

“It’s so difficult to get one race win so to get two on the same day is a magnificent achievement.

“We are delighted with how the team continue to pull together, improving standards at every race meet to deliver outstand performances”.

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