News 15 Oct 2012

Hook wins on CBR250R at Taiwan round of Asia Dream Cup

Team Honda Racing's Josh Hook rides CBR250R to victory at Pen Bay International Circuit.

Josh Hook celebrates his race win in Taiwan aboard the CBR250R.

Aussie rider Josh Hook stuck to his carefully formulated strategy and took the race one victory in round five of the Asia Dream Cup at the Pen Bay International Circuit in Taiwan over the weekend.

Riding off the success of his Round 4 win, Josh started the weekend well posting the fastest time in both free practice sessions and emerging as the fastest Asia Dream Cup rider of the day with a time of 2:00.360s.

“I really like this track as I feel it suits my riding style very well,” Hook said after practice. “This track is so different that I believe it will be difficult for the race ‘pack’ to form as it does in most of the other circuits.”

With this in mind Josh stuck to his strategy of staying in touch with the lead, but keeping out of the endless lead-swapping wanting to wait until the final two laps before powering his way to the front.

“I felt secure with this strategy because I knew that I was strong in the back section of the track. During the last two laps, I made sure that every time Okubo overtook me, I would regain that place as soon as possible,” described Hook.

The Team Honda Racing Supersport rider was thrilled to be on the podium with his victory and is already looking forward to the final round which will be held at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar on 21-24 November.

Fellow Australian Josh Pickering who is enjoying his first foray into road racing, rode consistently over the weekend taking an 11th and a ninth place finish in races one and two respectively.

The Asia Dream Cup is held in conjunction with the PETRONAS Asia Road Racing Championships and sees all riders competing on Honda’s CBR250R.