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Motostar champ Francis struggling to fund 2014 ride
23 January 2014
Reigning British Motostar champion Joe Francis is desperately searching for funding to race in Spain this season.
Francis wants to compete in the Spanish CEV series, a stepping-stone used by the likes of Scott Redding and Bradley Smith to obtain a full time grand prix ride.
The recently turned 16-year old claimed three wins and ten podiums on his way to the 2013 Motostar crown aboard the WD-40 Moto3 Honda.
An opportunity appears to be open to him to compete in the notoriously competitive Moto3 series in Spain, but significantly more money must be raised in a short space of time.
Despite having recently won the prestigious 2013 Pinhard Trophy, an annual award given to the year's outstanding young racing talent, Francis' family are considering all available options to raise the required money - including selling their family home.
Francis is no stranger to scrimping pennies; He faced the prospect of prematurely finishing his season in 2011 while fighting for the Aprilia Superteens series due to lack of funds. At that stage Bennets provided sponsorship, which enabled Francis to complete the season and win the championship at the tender age of 13.
Having shown natural talent from a young age, Francis has been championed by the likes of former racers Roger Marshall and Roger Burnett. Burnett, perhaps best known for managing the likes of Neil Hodgson and James Toseland, has lent his services to the youngster free of charge.
Burnett said: “I met Joe and his family a few years ago at Cadwell Park and have watched him with interest ever since, providing help along the way wherever we can. His talent is plain to see for anyone who knows a little bit about racing, but what has impressed me most is the maturity that Joe has beyond his years.
“He is hardworking, takes a keen interest in the technical aspects of his bike and set-up and already understands the importance of sponsors, fans and other supporters. This is a huge opportunity for us a nation to support one of our own and I firmly believe that it would be a great shame to let young, British talent like this go to waste,” he said.
To express an interest in supporting Francis, contact Burnett on +44(0)1652 680060
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