11th Dec, 2018

Trystan considering his options

Liam Moakes 27th Nov, 2018 Updated: 27th Nov, 2018

RISING Redditch motorcycling star Trystan Finocchiaro is weighing up some very interesting propositions ahead of the 2019 campaign.

The Leicester-born rider, who turned 20 last month, could even ride in Moto3 next year but, as always, both rider and his family are evaluating offers and options before committing.

Among the options, the KTM racing factory team has offered Finocchiaro a ride to race and to win the British Supersport 300 Championship, although nothing was official at the time of going to press.

Considering Finocchiaro’s busy schedule at university, this seems to be the way to go. It would benefit his partners enormously too with being in the UK again and the exposure will be massive.

It would also act as a springboard for Finocchiaro’s assault at the World Championship in 2020.

The 2018 season saw Finocchiaro compete in his first year of World Championship motorcycle racing in the FIM World Supersport 300 Championship which follows under the World Superbike brand.

He was the only rider to represent Great Britain out of 40 in the class from 14 different nationalities. Finocchiaro raced for the Scuderia Maranga Racing team from Bologna, Italy.

After working halfway through the 2017 season during their summer testing programme in Germany, Finocchiaro signed for a full World Championship for the 2018 season.

During the Anglo-Italian’s rookie year in the World Championships, Finocchiaro stated he was looking to “learn as much as possible” from competing against the best 300cc riders in the world.

However, the season was made extremely difficult for Finocchiaro and Scuderia Maranga Racing when the three competing manufacturers had made quite substantial upgrades to their machinery.

“Every other bike out there is at least four seconds quicker than they were last year except the Honda so, if we find the limit of the bike, all we can hope for is to be four seconds a lap away from the other guys,” Finocchiaro highlighted at round seven in Portugal.

Despite this setback, Finocchiaro remained focused and fought hard. “My only goal was to improve and I can honestly say I’m a completely different rider compared to last year,” he said.

“On the only bike that isn’t faster than last year, I matched the race-winning time of last year in the final round at Magny-Cours in France, so I can’t do any more than that.”

The future for Finocchiaro remains bright and he is looking likely to be competing on a similar capacity of machinery.

He added: “I want to finish what I started on the 300(cc). I’ve learnt too much this year to move to a bigger bike and never turn this learning into a result.

“I have had some very good offers to race at world level and both in British and Italian championships and I’m currently evaluating which way I want to go.

“The plan is to return to World Championships in 2020 and take a year to step back in 2019 to come back really strong for 2020.”

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