TEAM WD-40 HEAD NORTH FOR CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS

Team WD40 Tommy Aquino waves to fans after the race

Team WD40 Tommy Aquino waves to fans after the race

As the motor racing season starts to build up a head of steam, Team WD-40 heads to Scotland for the fourth round of the British Superbike championship

The hilly, but picturesque, track at Knockhill provides the next challenge for riders Joe Francis, Tommy Aquino and Jon Railton, as they all continue to make progress in their respective championships.

Joe Francis hoping to get another winning trophy at Knockhill

Joe Francis hoping to get another winning trophy at Knockhill

Joe, from Backford near Chester, currently lies in second place in the Moto 3 class of Monster Energy Motostar British Championship, after securing his first win of the season in the last round at his home track of Oulton Park.

His two second place finishes at Brands Hatch and Thruxton, along with the win last time out, mean he will be leading the championship if he makes the top step of the podium at Knockhill.

Team mates Tommy Aquino and Jon Railton were in action just two weeks ago as the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 championship supported the World Superbikes event at Donington Park.

The duo, on Kawasaki ZX10r bikes, had differing fortunes as Jon fell while well placed and Tommy finishing in 12th place.

Francis said: “The track at Knockhill is very hilly and bumpy with some technical corners, but I’m really looking forward to it.

“My confidence is high after winning my first race of the season although it’s far too early to say I’m one of the favourites for the title.

“I need to concentrate on each event, starting with Knockhill, and see how the championship table looks in August.”

Jon Railton just before his crash at Donington

Jon Railton just before his crash at Donington

Railton suffered a bruised knee at Donington, but is eager to get back on the bike and push for a top ten place again.

“Donington was going quite well until I pushed slightly too far and the next thing I remember is being on the track,” said Jon.

“But it’s good that we have had a little break before Knockhill; I have had time to rest my knee and know I can put the crash to the back of my mind and concentrate on the next race.”

The early season wind, rain and snow is now largely forgotten, but California-based Tommy is still trying to come to terms with the variety of British weather.

He said: “The recent sunny and warm weather is great and I’m hoping it stays the same for Knockhill. I’m getting used to the different conditions and it’s good to test my skills on the variety of track conditions.

“Knockhill is another circuit I’ve never raced or tested on before so this weekend will take time for me to get used to one of the more unusual tracks on the calendar.”

Team WD-40’s manager, Brent Gladwin, said: “The team has made an encouraging start to the season and we’re hoping for further progression at Knockhill.

“Currently Joe is taking most of the headlines, but both Jon and Tommy are doing very well in one of the most competitive race series in the world.”

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