Hook wins in Qatar; Tests Moto3
Up and coming Aussie rider Josh Hook took race 2 victory at the final round of the Asia Dream Cup at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar over the weekend. His finishing position of third overall gave him the opportunity to test for a 2013 MotoGP Moto3 wild card ticket.
Hook went into the weekend confident on the back of wins in the two rounds prior and started the evening race in P2. Race 1 saw a difficult tussle for the top positions but race 2 presented Hook’s moment to shine. Taking the lead in the second half of the race, Josh Hook finished first, 0.214 seconds ahead of the competition.
Speaking after the race, Josh was pleased with his final performance; “I had a few little problems early on but sorted that out and got a good feeling with the bike and new track under new conditions, it was a great experience riding under lights.”
Josh went on to say, “What a great way to end the year! A big shout out to Honda Australia for all their support, couldn’t do it without you guys, thanks a lot.”
The inaugural Asia Dream Cup has been a learning experience for the contingent of pioneer riders who all competed on Honda CBR250Rs. Josh Hook found his rhythm by round 4 when he took his first win, Hook then collected valuable points and two more wins to finish on a total of 158 securing him third overall.
A day after the finale, the top eight Asia Dream Cup riders hit the tarmac again for what could be the biggest break in their racing careers to date; the opportunity to try out for a 2013 MotoGP Moto3 wild card ticket. Results still to be announced.
Fellow Australian Josh Pickering who experienced his first venture into road racing, has ridden consistently throughout the Asia Dream Cup ending in 10th position overall.