13-year-old Jonathan Finn began the 2017 season on April 23rd in Valencia, Spain competing in the Spanish RFME Campeonato de España de Velocidad national championship at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia. The Bushell Park, SK teen is competing in the 85GP class this year as he starts his second year of racing internationally.
“Racing in the RFME CEV is definitely a huge step in my racing career and the level of competition here is tough, but I know I can compete with these guys,” said Finn. “My XCtech team and I tested here at Valencia the weekend prior to the race so I could get to know the track, continue to get comfortable on the bike and work on the setup for this weekend’s race."
After a solid qualifying practice, Finn went to work focusing on the overall race objective set out by the team of lowering his lap times and completing his first RFME CEV race. “I got a great start off the line and felt comfortable to push myself and the bike as the race progressed,” said Finn. Unfortunately, due to an electrical issue on the last lap, Finn lost power and would eventually have to retire from the race.
“Not being able to finish my first race here in Spain is disappointing. I feel bad for the entire XCtech team who have been working hard to help me adjust, but technical issues can happen and it’s part of racing,” Finn stated.
Finn’s progression in the RFME CEV has been evident according to XCtech team boss Xavi Jimenez. “Dealing with a new bike, world championship circuits and racing against some of the best at this level in the world is a big step for all foreign riders coming into the series. Jonathan is a mature and dedicated rider who is adapting well to the bike and we are very happy with his progress,” said Jimenez.
Finn will be returning home to Canada to continue to train and prepare for the next round of the RFME CEV Championship at the Circuit Barcelona-Catalunya in late May. While at home, Finn is also working on securing sponsorship support for the season. “Its no secret that racing at this level costs money. I am lucky to have my family and sponsors that have been with me for the last few years supporting me, but there is still more support that we need to have to keep this opportunity moving forward.”
Jonathan Finn competes with support from Canadian Tire - Cobourg, Arai Helmet Americas, Bickle Racing, Impact Safe-T Armor, Sidi Sport, SPY and DeCal Works.
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 11:19 Published in Reports, Results & Points
A motorcycle tour with track time on a famous MotoGP circuit sounds like a crazy dream, but Leod Escapes makes it happen. For track riders, an 8 to 10 day sport touring trip that also includes track time at courses like Sachsenring, Phillip Island, Laguna Seca Mugello or Misano is the ultimate vacation. But where to next? Leod Escapes wants you to vote at www.choosethedream.com. Thailand and Chang Circuit, Czech Republic and Brno, Spanish Pyrenees and Aragón or Portugal and Portimao - it's up to you. Choose wisely because those who vote for the winner are entered to win a free slot on the tour.
Just watch the video and it will all make sense.
Covering those Ws
WHO - Leod Escapes runs international tours with track time on famous circuits. They are based in San Francisco, California.
WHAT - Leod Escapes "Track & Tour" vacations are 8 to 10 day trips meant for track riders. This includes 4 to 6 days of sport touring on local roads on rented sport touring bikes and then one or two days of track time on a famous circuit on proper sport bikes. Leod Escapes is giving riders the chance to vote for what the next "Track & Tour" vacation will be. Riders vote online at choosethedream.com for one of four choices. Those who voted for the winning destination are entered to win a free slot on the tour.
WHERE - Choices are Thailand & Chang Circuit, Portugal & Portimao, Czech Republic & Brno and Spain & Aragón.
WHEN - Poll runs now until February 13th 2017, Winner will be chosen February 14th (Finally a good Valentines Day for someone)
Thursday, 10 November 2016 12:17 Published in Industry News
Anticipation for the MotoGP™ World Championship race at the circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya continued to grow as the riders sat on the grid, hiding from the scorching sun beneath their umbrellas. Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) was on pole position, but both Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) and Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) seemed to have found something on the new layout in warm up.
Monday, 06 June 2016 12:59 Published in Reports, Results & Points
Ducati invited the world’s press to visit the Ascari Country Club road course in the south of Spain near Ronda at the end of September to sample their new 2016 Monster 1200 R. This latest Desmo twin-powered streetfighter is now the top-of-the-line Monster, and this naked offering is not short on top-of-the-line components.
Friday, 02 October 2015 23:40 Published in News