TT 2018 – The Italian Lightweight Faraldo Racing with Rikki McGovern

The official confirmations about TT entries and numbers are coming through in these days and it’s with great pleasure that we find another Italian bike in the Lightweight class. 

In addition to the Paton, in fact, in the 650cc category we will see the beautiful Supertwin created by Francesco Faraldo, young mechanic from Tuscany with a particular story behind him.

After a few years as a racer himself and after a few time living on the Isle of Man, in 2017 Francesco started a new personal project creating an FR650ST on a ER6 Kawasaki basis.

A real master of working on fairings, Francesco gave life to an amazing “piece of kit” that last year competed in a few rounds of the Italian Hillclimb Championship.

And he did quite everything by himself, working on aluminium sub-frames, fiberglass, carbon fiber, even designing with Autocad. Now the ambitious but realistic project goes abroad and the first step has been to get an entry at the Isle of Man TT. Job done.


Faraldo Racing will be at its first TT with thirty-five years old English rider Rikki McGovern, who already set himself off Bray Hill in the Lightweight TT class last year finishing in 25th position. McGovern has a few experience on the Mountain Course under his belt, having competed in the Manx GP in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016 and at the Classic TT 250cc class last year with a 8th final position.

Rikki McGovern and Faraldo Racing’s first international outing together will be at the Cookstown 100 at the end of April, before moving to the Isle of Man for TT and Post TT. Their participation at the North West 200 in May is still pending, waiting for a confirmation from the organizers.

The financial commitment is obviously massive, especially for a little private reality as Faraldo Racing. That’s why every kind of help is greatly appreciated. Francesco set a “Go Fund Me” page where everyone can give a little donation:


We are looking forward to see the beautiful FR650ST number 57 at the TT!


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