News 4 Sep 2010

MotoGP: Aussie Josh Hook second on Rookies Cup grid

Australian Josh Hook has secured a superb second place qualifying position for the Misano round of the Red Bull Rookies Cup after a thrilling qualifying session on Friday.

Hook was in a front row spot towards the end of the session then got a tow from pole-sitter Danny Kent in the final laps to grab second position on the grid.

The 16-year-old from Taree enjoyed his best qualifying performance in two seasons of Cup competition.

“The first timed session wasn’t good at all, I was pushing too hard, making mistakes and down in 12th place,” he said. “I was cool for the second session, just did my own thing and was fourth fastest. I would have been happy to be on the front row so stopped at the pits, thought about it a bit and went out again.

“Danny was just ahead so that was a good mark for me to aim at and I got the time right there at the end of the session.”

Saturday’s final race of the Cup season can be seen live on starting at 16.30 local time.