Jon Railton in action at Knockhill

Jon Railton in action at Knockhill

Buoyant members of Team WD-40 are out to continue their title pursuit this weekend when the British Superbikes Championship heads to Snetterton.

Joe Francis, Tommy Aquino and Jon Railton – who will be racing at the track closest to his home – will all be in action at the Norfolk circuit as the trio attempt to continue their progress.

Joe, from Backford near Chester, heads to Snetterton in top spot in the Moto 3 class of the Monster Energy Motostar British Championship.

The 15-year-old has been the ‘Mr Consistency’ of his class so far this season and has yet to finish outside the top three in any of his four races, allowing him to open up an 11-point gap over nearest challenger Tarran Mackenzie.

And Joe has realistic hopes of emulating his victory at Oulton Park at the start of May when he returns to action this weekend.

“I’ve been happy with the way the season has gone so far,” said the teenager.

“I made a small error in the last event at Knockhill when I was really confident I could get the win, but I got back up to finish third which was important.

“It’s great to be leading the championship but I know there is a long way to go yet. All I’m focusing on is getting a good grid position and result at Snetterton.”

Jon Railton and Tommy Aquino will line-up in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship after both finished in the points at Knockhill

Jon, from Grafham in Huntingdonshire, produced a gritty display in Scotland to finish in 11th spot, despite suffering with a knee injury sustained at Donington Park three weeks earlier.

“The knee caused me a bit of discomfort during the race at Knockhill but it feels much better now and I’m looking forward to this weekend,” said the 22-year-old.

“The track is relatively local to me so hopefully I can produce my best and get a strong result for the team.”

California-born Tommy Aquino enters the weekend in high spirits after producing some scintillating times during his eighth place finish in a shortened race at Knockhill.

“When we got red-flagged I was lapping faster than the leaders and that’s a huge positive for me to take into Snetterton,” he said.

“My confidence is high and I think I can make a real impression.”

Team WD-40 manager Brent Gladwin added; “The progress all three riders are making is encouraging and to have Joe leading the championship is really satisfying for everyone.

“We had all three riders in the points last time and we want to make an even bigger impression here.”


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