The Movuno.com Halsall Racing team and rider Joe Francis will make their world stage debut this weekend after gaining a wildcard entry to the Supersport World Championship race at Donington Park.
The team will line up at the iconic Leicestershire circuit among the world’s finest 600cc riders as part of the only British round of the FIM Superbike World Championship.
Rider Joe Francis will pilot the Yamaha R6 he usually rides in the Dickies British Supersport Championship, after team owner Martin Halsall decided to give the squad a chance to mix it with the world’s best..
“This will be the first time the team has tackled a World Championship event so it’s going to be a new experience for all of us,” he explained. “I’ve always fancied giving it a go, even when we were running in Superbikes, but this is the first time we’ve really been able to go for it.
“We’re all keen to see how we can compete at this level, and it’s also a very good opportunity for Joe to show himself on the world stage.
“Obviously we don’t expect it to be easy, but I think I’ve always been curious about running in the World Championship, so if we end up having a good weekend and Joe runs well, it certainly will be something to think about for the future.”
The team’s British season got underway at Donington Park back in April, and Francis, having had no time at all on the bike, finished in eighth place. Currently sitting sixth in the championship, he hopes what he and the team have already learnt together this year will put him in good stead for a strong result.
“I’m really looking forward to it, as soon as Martin mentioned that he fancied doing it I’ve been crossing everything that it would happen,” said Francis. “It’s going to my first time competing at this level, so I really don’t know what to expect.
“I’m keen to see how I can perform against the best riders in the world, and hopefully I can learn a lot from them. We want to use it as extra track time to work on our lap times, and hopefully get more data and information which we can use to our advantage in the British series.
“I’m excited to see how we compare to the riders who are in this series full time, and I think it will be a really useful and enjoyable weekend.”
Francis will take to the track for free practice on Friday, followed by Superpole qualifying on Saturday and the race on Sunday.
*Please notes Images attached of Joe Francis, are courtesy Jon Jessop Photography.