|Joe Francis and John Railton
Photo: Team WD-40
GR Motosport, run by the former racer and respected bike expert Brent Gladwin, are proud to announce WD-40 as their new title sponsor for 2013. The lubrications giant are preparing to introduce seven new products to the market specifically for use on motorbikes, under its recently launched ‘WD-40 Specialist’ brand and will see the experienced Sheffield-based squad be known as Team WD-40.
Team WD-40 will be officially launched at the opening round of the British Superbike season at Brands Hatch on April 5-7 and features two of the hottest prospects on two wheels and an exciting young American rider. The team will be running 15-year-old Joe Francis, from Chester, in the Monster Energy Motostar British Championship, 22-year-old Jon Railton from Huntingdon and 20 year old former AMA Pro Daytona Sportbike pole-sitter, and multiple podium man, Tommy Aquino in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship.
Joe, who finished second in last season’s Motostar British Championship Junior Cup will compete in the Moto3 Championship as part of the Monster Energy Motostar races, giving him the chance to win two titles within one series. He is seen as one of the UK’s brightest prospects and will be looking to be once again fighting for podium places and race wins. “I’m really excited about this season and can’t wait to get involved in the first race,” said the youngster. “The new team promises to be one of the places to be in the paddock in 2013 and the wait will soon be over.”
After finishing ninth in the Superstock 1000 Championship last season, Jon, from Huntingdon, is focused on delivering for Team WD-40 and securing some podium finishes in the hard-fought races.The 22-year-old said: “2013 looks to be a good year in which I can prove my ability amongst some top riders. My aim is to be in the leading bunch in the final stages of every race, so I can put myself in with a chance of a regular podium finish.”
Photo: Team WD-40
Team WD-40’s manager, Brent, said: “This team has been the culmination of plenty of hard work over the close season and I’m delighted that everything is now in place for us to go racing. Joe is a fantastic young talent and Jon will prove to be another excellent signing for Team WD-40, as we aim for some silverware come the end of the season.”
This season the riders will be racing Honda Moto3 and Kawasaki ZX-10R, and Brent explains why he chose these for 2013 “For me the choice was quite easy, the Kawasaki ZX-10R in Superstock and the Honda NSF250R in Moto3, offered the best package for our riders. A tenth of a second can mean so much in racing and different riders can gain that from different manufacturers. We’re confident that our choice will deliver the best bikes for Joe, Jon and Tommy.”
Tommy said “It’s going to be a great year of racing and learning with Team WD-40. They are a great group of guys so between Jon and I, we should be very competitive this year.”
MCE BSB Series Director Stuart Higgs said: “I’d like to congratulate Brent Gladwin of GR Motorsport for once again assembling a highly professional and exceptionally well presented team and in particular introducing such a prestigious, global brand as WD-40 to our series. The team are well remembered for their European championship success over a decade ago which propelled current BSB rider Karl Harris into the limelight. Team WD-40 are showing a commitment to bringing on rising talent and I wish them a great year ahead and ultimate progression into becoming an of MCE BSB class team in future seasons.