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. All our loyal partners, 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 as we finalise our line up, 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 season".
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Picture caption 1: Bent Gladwin (GR Motosport) and Tommy Aquino following his historic victory at Cadwell Park 2013.