Motostar champ Francis struggling for funds

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2013 British Motostar champion Joe Francis could be left without a ride for 2014, as the 16 year old struggles to find the funds required to run a competitive machine for the new season.

Francis, who took the prestigious Pinhead Trophy recognising young talent only last week, is looking to make the move to the Spanish CEV series in order to secure a world championship Moto3 ride inthe future.

However, with time ticking and the prospect of a competitive machine slipping away, Francis and his family are considering drastic options for the future, including potentially remortgaging the family home, to raise the funds required to move to the series.

Experienced rider manager Roger Burnett, who, spotting talent in the youth, has offered free-of-charge management services and advice, said: β€œI 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.”

β€œHe 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.”

For further information or to express an interest in supporting Joe, contact Rebecca Brocklesby or Roger Burnett on 01652 680060 or

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer