Grillini announced that they were replacing Hook with Sheridan Morais, but the South African was declared unfit during the course of the Donington race weekend and thus Grillini fielded no rider on that bike alongside their other signed rider, Dominic Schmitter during the races at Donington.
This weekend Grillini will field Gianluca Vizziello. The 36-year-old Italian is expected to complete the remainder of WorldSBK season 2016 with Grillini Kawasaki.
In his comments ahead of this weekend’s Misano WorldSBK round, Grillini Kawasaki Team Manager Andrea Grillini has unloaded on Josh Hook.
“It ‘s always a pleasure to have someone like Gianluca Vizziello in the Team. His determination and his desire to race are likethose of a little boy. This season I decided to give an opportunity to two young riders.
“After the race in Malaysia I decided to leave Hook home because he was not reaching the results I expected. He took my decision very badly and he immediately made statements against the team forgetting that we gave him the chance to race in WSBK.
“Unfortunately, some young riders think of themselves as champions before having won something. and they are not able to dose their forces and to understand the importance and the difficulty of a World Championship like the Superbike one.
“On the contrary I must say that Dominic Schmitter from day one, although very young, has always behaved as a professional and have made small steps forward each race in a championship new for him. A warm welcome to Vizziello with the hope to see him racing at least once under the rain, since he is considered the wizard of the wet race”.
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