News 29 Jun 2015

Hook surges to season-best fourth at Sugo

Aussie overcomes practice fall in All Japan endurance event.

Source: TSR.

Source: TSR.

TSR Honda’s Josh Hook raced through the pain of a shoulder injury to finish fourth at Sugo’s fourth round of the All Japan Road Race Championship on Sunday.

After sustaining muscle and tissue damage to his right shoulder in a crash during FP1, Hook was able to take advantage of mixed conditions in the mammoth 52-lap encounter to score his best result of the year.

“We had a very good race in difficult conditions,” Hook explained. “It started sprinkling at the beginning of the race and again towards the end, but it played into the hands of me really. In the dry the bike’s a lot harder to man-handle and to go fast on, but in the wet you don’t have to use your body as much.

“That was a benefit for me because my shoulder’s still very sore. As soon as the rain came we started moving forward and a couple of people started crashing, so we kept chipping away. I just kept focused and pushed to the end.”

Hook’s next appearance will come at next month’s Suzuka 8 Hours, where he will partner Moto2 regular Dominique Aegerter and Pata Honda WSS rider Kyle Smith on 23-26 July.

2015 All Japan Road Race Championship
Round four – Sugo

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