A TEENAGER has been tipped for the top after making an impressive step up in motorcycle racing.
Joe Francis, 13, from Backford, is enjoying an excellent debut season in the Thundersport Aprilia Superteens series, where riders aged from 12 to 18 compete on identical Aprilia RS125 bikes.
The teenager is second in the main series and he also tops the accompanying Nitro Newcomers class, which runs as a race within a race for riders in their first season of road racing.
In his latest outing at Pembrey at the weekend, he won all four races.
Joe, who has been riding bikes for four years, already has two national titles to his name having won last year’s British Mini GP70 championship and also the 2009 GP50 event.
His grandad, Bob Francis, said: “Joe has progressed a tremendous amount in such a short space of time.
“He is growing in confidence with every race and he is getting faster and faster and he looks to have a really bright future in the sport.”
Neston High School pupil Joe has been given national exposure this year with each round of the Aprilia Superteens series, whose previous winners include MotoGP stars Casey Stoner and Cal Crutchlow, televised by British Eurosport and Motors TV. He is also featured as a ‘star of tomorrow’ in the October edition of renowned biking magazine Fast Bikes.
Despite his early success, Joe is keeping his feet on the ground and focusing on finishing the season in style.
“I’m getting faster each race and I think that I’m improving every time I get on the track,” said Joe, who is backed by Motrac Racing in Ellesmere Port, Bennetts Biker Dreams and the So Many Roads bike shop in Eastham.
“Hopefully I can win both the Superteens series’ as I’m not too far behind the leader in the Thundersport Championship.
“If I can do that then I will hopefully move up a class again as I want to race in MotoGP one day. To be like Valentino Rossi and win what he has would be amazing.”