Oulton BSB: Francis out at Tsingtao Racing as Jones jumps in

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​Joe Francis has revealed a split with the Tsingtao Racing MV Agusta squad ahead of the third round of the Dickies British Supersport championship.

The former British Motostar champion was a late addition to the weekend, and finished yesterday’s final free practice session in 19th.

But as the Supersports headed out on track to qualify this afternoon, Francis was in the commentary box to revealed the shock departure.

“I’ve left the team and we’ve moved on to different things,” he said. “I didn’t come here this weekend thinking things would work out this way but sometimes they just do.

“If I can get out of my contract then I would love to stay in the class but maybe it’s time for a Superbike, I don’t know…”

While Francis wasn’t on the 675, former Supersport rider Luke Jones, who’s out in the National Superstock 1000 class this weekend, stepped in to take the reigns of the MV for qualifying.

Tsingtao Racing team boss Dave Tyson admitted he couldn’t say much on the record, but would be grafting behind the scenes in the upcoming BSB break before the next round at Snetterton.

“I can say almost nothing at the moment. We’ve got five weeks to sort the job out.”

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