TEAM WD-40 FOCUSED ON DONINGTON DOUBLE

Jon Railton wanting better luck then last time out at Donington Park

Jon Railton wanting better luck then last time out at Donington Park

The British Superbikes Championship arrives at Donington Park this week for its second visit to the track in 2013, and Team WD-40 is looking to continue its excellent recent form.

A dominant display by the team at Cadwell Park less than two weeks ago delivered race wins for Tommy Aquino in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 and Joe Francis in the Monster Energy British Motostar.

Tommy Aquino hoping to be on the top step of the podium at Donington Park

Tommy Aquino hoping to be on the top step of the podium at Donington Park

It was Aquino’s third successive podium, but his first victory of the year and sees him lie in third place in the championship, still in with an outside chance of the title.

Francis’ win was his third of the year, in a season that has seen him clock up a podium place in each of the eight rounds and he’s hoping to stretch his championship lead at Donington Park.

And with Jon Railton hoping to get back to form, everyone at Team WD-40 is hoping for another good weekend of racing.

“I’m totally fired up for this weekend at Donington Park,” said Aquino. “The win at Cadwell Park was immense and I’m raring to get back on the track and try to experience those winning feelings again.

“Of course with so many good riders in the field, including my own team mate Jon, it is going to be a tough ask to win again.

“But racing is all about rising to the challenge and I’m sure everyone at Team WD-40 will be hoping for another podium finish this weekend. My aim is to deliver that.”

Railton is heading back to the scene of a heavy fall earlier this season, with the injuries sustained then still causing significant discomfort and affecting his form.

The rider from Grafham, Huntingdonshire, is confident the Donington Park race, earlier in the season, has given him the experience that will be invaluable in the next round, where he acknowledges a top ten finish is required.

After finishing second and sixth in the Superstock category of the Silverstone 200 last weekend, he’s looking forward to a positive race weekend.

He said: “Donington Park is probably my favourite track of the season, but this year it was the start of my injury problems, which have affected my recent form.

“Now I’m back to make sure it’s the start of some decent results and a strong end to the season.

“Racing at Silverstone was good and has helped build my fitness up another level, so I’ll now head to Donington and hope for a better result than last time.”

Joe Francis looking to add more trophies to his collection at Donington Park

Joe Francis looking to add more trophies to his collection at Donington Park

Cheshire-based Francis, is racing for the first time this year at Donington Park and will be asking his team mates for advice on the quickest sections of track as he looks to extend his lead in the Monster Energy British Motostar Championship.

The 15-year-old, from Backford near Chester, has been on the podium at each of the eight rounds this season and another good finish will take him a step closer to the title.

He won at Cadwell Park by less than half a wheel, just 0.020 seconds, and knows another close battle is likely to ensue at Donington Park.

“I had a huge rush of adrenalin when I knew I’d won at Cadwell Park and I’ll be looking to win again this weekend,” said Francis.

“I know my rivals will be pushing very hard to beat me, so I’ll once again be focused on getting to the chequered flag first.

“With four races left I can’t think of the championship yet as I don’t want complacency to affect my race. I’ll be going all out for the win and then might see how the title race looks.

Brent Gladwin, Team WD-40’s manager, said: “After a steady, if not spectacular start to the season, the lads are now delivering what we know they and the bikes are capable of.

“Tommy is currently the form rider in the Superstock 1000 and Joe is simply continuing his excellent season with some very brave rides.

“We’re hoping Jon can get back some of the early season promise at Donington Park, as he usually does well at this track, but everyone in Team WD-40 is focused on delivering those cherished podium finishes.

“It’s this part of the season that really determines how the championships finish and while we’re still in the mix for both the Motostar and Superstock 1000 titles, Team WD-40 will remain focused on another batch of good finishes.”

ENDS

 

Picture caption 1: (l-r) Joe Francis and Tommy Aquino are hoping for more podium finishes at Donington Park

Picture caption 2: Joe Francis looking to add more trophies to his collection at Donington Park

Picture caption 3: Jon Railton wanting better luck then last time out at Donington Park

Picture caption 4: Tommy Aquino hoping to be on the top step of the podium at Donington Park

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