June 16 2014.

Fresh from their Isle of Man TT debut, the Chinese factory-backed CFMOTO team is already planning for a return in 2015, after its WK650i impressed many at this year’s event.

TT winner Gary Johnson took the CFMOTO Team WK650i to a stunning fourth place in the first lightweight practice session and was clearly on form this year, taking the win in the first Supersport 600 TT race.

Unfortunately a crash in the Superstock race left Gary with shoulder and arm injuries, which left him unable to ride the CFMOTO Team WK650i in the lightweight event. Gary passed the ride over to TT veteran Paul Owen for the race, but a technical problem on the first lap bought the team’s debut TT event to a premature end.

It was not all bad news for CFMOTO though. TT first-timer Callum Laidlow was competing on a lightly-tuned WK650i and finished the three lap Lightweight TT race in a very respectable 33rd position, with a best lap of 106mph and the first ever TT finish by a Chinese machine.

WK sales manager Henry Maplethorpe remained positive: “Okay, so we didn’t win the race, but we certainly won a lot of respect and exposure for CFMOTO and the WK650i. This was the first ever TT entry by a Chinese manufacturer and with another 12 months of development work, we think we will be in the frame for a podium finish in 2015. We will certainly continue to work towards that goal.

“The high level of exposure at this year’s TT has certainly had an immediate positive effect on showroom traffic at WK dealers and enquires are running at twice the pre-TT level. It certainly shows the value of competing at an event like the TT.”

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