Trystan takes British championship lead after early-season success
A brilliant start to the season has propelled Transmec-sponsored motorcycle racer Trystan Finocchiaro to the top of the British Junior Supersport championship.
The 20-year-old achieved four podium finishes in the opening four races, including a maiden Supersport victory after a last lap overtake in a thrilling contest at Donington Park which saw several riders crash out in wet conditions.
Trystan’s performance also saw him awarded the Squib Burton trophy by the Donington Park Racing Association Club. The award has been presented every year since 1931 and previous recipients include motorcycling greats Ron Haslam and Steve Hislop.
This season marks a triumphant return to UK racing for Trystan who competed at the top European circuits last season for Italy-based Scuderia Maranga Racing in the World Supersport 300 championship.
With his sights firmly set on the 2019 British title, the Redditch-based rider joined the KTM team and after flying in pre-season tests he rode to two second positions in the opening races at Silverstone, followed by a first and third at Donington.
“I’m extremely pleased with how the season has started for the Transmec KTM team. We’ll be pulling out all the stops to maintain the momentum,” said Trystan,
“Donington was a crazy weekend. We we achieved two very good results, scoring more points than anyone else and it was fantastic to come away with the championship lead.”
The next rounds are at the Scottish circuit Knockhill, Snetterton and Thruxton.
Trystan, whose racing number is 58, will make an interim appearance at Donington Park in July after being offered a wildcard place in the World Supersport 300 race.
Transmec’s UK general manager, John Simkins, said: “Transmec has supported Trystan for six years and it’s been great to see the progress he’s made during that time. We always knew he would make it to the top - he’s worked extremely hard and fully deserves his current success.”