WD-40 look to the future
Team WD-40 celebrated the life of Tommy
Aquino on both sides of the Atlantic last weekend.
The team had been due to unveil their
ambitious and exciting plans for the 2014 season at the MCN Show, with
Hollywood Aquino playing a lead role in
the strong three rider line up, across the different BSB classes .
However, just days before he was due to return to the UK, he was tragically
killed in a motocross training accident.
Team owner Brent Gladwin and crew member
Danny Wright, attended his memorial service in California, whilst in London Tommy’s race-winning Superstock 1000 Kawasaki
featured as a tribute at the MCN Show.
Team owner Gladwin said: “It has been a difficult
time for everyone involved with Team WD-40. We had been working exceptionally
hard over the winter to ensure that we would be able to give Tommy the best
opportunity to shine in the Superbike class, as we believed he had the talent
to go all the way in BSB. We saw that from his performances last season in the
Superstock class and we knew that he really was something special. We had big
plans for him this season and we were all excited about the prospect of Tommy progressing
his racing career, before he was taken by this tragic accident.
“Tommy’s passing leaves a huge void in Team
WD-40, but the preparation work continues and the team is still hungry to build
on the previous season’s success within Superbikes. Our loyal partners, WD-40
and Stauff UK, have been extremely supportive during this difficult time and we
are now completely focused on the different opportunities available to reach
team capacity and our full potential.
“We are pleased to have two confirmed riders in BSB Superstock
classes, who we will announce over the coming weeks before they begin their
pre-season testing programme ready for the opening round. As a team and with
Tommy’s family’s blessing, we are keen to continue on the successes of last