Valmoto confirms Jones as sole rider

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The Triumph ValMoto team has confirmed it will run just one rider in the 2004 British Supersport Championship.

The team will retain the services of 18-year-old Craig Jones, who gave Triumph its first ever BSS podium finish in 2003.

Team Manager Jack Valentine said; ” The single-rider structure has proven to be a success in Supersport. In 2003 the championship was dominated by one-rider teams. Craig learned a great deal thanks to working closely with team-mate Jim Moodie, and I feel he’s ready to shoulder the responsibility. ”

Jones will continue to develop the Triumph Daytona 600 throughout the season.

” I’m looking forward to my second season, ” said Jones. ” The learning curve was steep last season but I had a fantastic team-mate and things came together towards the end. Next year we should be competing on a more level playing field. ”

Jones recently received the Steve Hislop Memorial Trophy for the BSB Young Rider of the Year. For the full story, follow the link on the right. Former team-mate Jim Moodie is now managing MonsterMob Ducati rider Sean Emmett.

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MCN Staff

By MCN Staff