Josh Hook Has Challenging Wild Card Weekend At Island

Race Report from Josh Hook
After debuting as a wild card in 2010, Josh again earned the rite to compete in this year’s Australia Moto GP 125 series as a result of his current standing in the ASBK series, where he has amassed maximum points to be top of the table in 125GP championship event.

The weekend started out great but the largely unpredictable Phillip Island weather conditions including extreme blustering 35 to 50 knot winds, random rainstorms and bursts of sunshine all lead to the team deciding Josh needed to take advantage of qualifying under the special conditions afforded only to wild card entrants, where they can qualify during any of the 3 free practice sessions or qualifying.

This turned out to be a godsend. Josh qualified with a 1.43.734 in free practice 1 and then things just started down hill from there. An undetectable ignition fault on his famed Aprilia125, that has served his so well in the Aussie championship, rendered the bike virtually powerless . He was only able to run 2 laps in free practice 2 and just the one in final free practice. Thinking his chances to compete were completely dashed, the devastated rider was offered a life line and his mechanics worked to prepare the loan bike for the warm up and race for the next day. Sadly, even the replacement bike was going to prove difficult and he was not able to complete a full lap in the warm up as first hoped. The rain came, but by the time the warm up session started the track was dry and Josh had no time to change back to dry tyres.

Relegated to the back of the starting grid and with only having 2 laps to test the bike, the odds were certainly against any hope of a decent performance. But it just goes to show the calibre of rider that Taree has produced to be able to overcome this adversity and stay focussed and determined to show his racing ability.

With the race start impending, the skies again opened up, but Josh and the team made the anxious decision to stick with slicks for the race – the frantic activity to change tyres by some of the world teams made Josh question if he had made the right choice. But 6-8 laps into the race, the track had fully dried and he was starting to settle into some significant lap times.

Whilst the finishing position of 26th was disappointing for Josh, he was the only Australian wild card to compete and finish in what was to be the last ever competition for 125GP series at a world level GP event in Australia. Next year the class changes to the new 4 stroke Moto3 class.

He is considering his options for next year, where the likelihood of competing in the Spanish championship is possible if he can find the financial backing.

Josh’s next race in mid November will wrap up the Australian Championship for him in the 125GP series. He will also continue to compete on his Honda 600 as the Formula Xtreme events where just 16 points currently allude his national championship.



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