TITLE CHANCE FOR TEAM WD-40

Joe Francis in action

Team WD-40’s Joe Francis in action

Championship-chasing Joe Francis will be hoping to display ‘Dutch Courage’ as he and Team WD-40 attempt to seal a title triumph in Holland this weekend.

The talented 15-year-old, from Backford near Chester, has his first opportunity to wrap up the Monster Energy Motostar Championship when the British Superbikes decamps to Assen in Holland.

Three firsts, three seconds and a trio of third place finishes have left Team WD-40’s Joe 32 points clear at the top of the Moto 3 Class standings with three races left.

A total of 42 points from the remaining meetings would be enough for Joe to clinch the title, but the teenager could be celebrating this weekend should he win and closest rival Tarran Mackenzie fail to complete the race.

“It’s going to be an exciting end to the season and everyone at Team WD-40 will be doing everything we can to win the championship,” said Joe, who finished third in the   last meeting at Donington Park.

“While there is an opportunity to win the title in Assen this weekend, we know there is still plenty of work to do before we can think about it.

“My rivals will be determined to make life as difficult as possible for us so we have to keep concentrating right until the end of the season.”

Joe Francis-1 Francis has previous experience of riding at Assen having visited the Dutch track as part of the British Superbikes campaign in 2012.

“I’m glad that I’ve had the chance to race at Assen before and that should be important over the whole weekend,” he added.

“It’s a good, testing track and I enjoyed racing there. It’s obviously a little bit different with it being the only event outside of Britain but I’m really looking forward to it.”

Brent Gladwin, manager of Team WD-40, said: “The whole team has done a lot of hard work to ensure Joe is in such a strong position and hopefully we can finish the job off now.

“It’s a very important meeting because a win here would make it extremely difficult for anyone to catch us.

“Joe just needs to keep doing the things which have got him into this position and that’s to focus on the next race and keep accumulating good points.”

The final two meetings after Assen will be held at Silverstone and on the Grand Prix track at Brands Hatch on October 6th and 20th respectively.

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