News 26 Nov 2022

Hook to attempt to continue at The Bend despite wrist injury

Electronics fault the cause of heavy FP2 crash for EWC champion.

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Reigning FIM Endurance world champion Josh Hook will attempt to continue in his guest Mi-Bike Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) appearance at The Bend following a suspected broken scaphoid sustained in a heavy FP2 fall yesterday.

Hook – Honda-equipped with Thriller Motorsport – high-sided on the exit of turn 12 during his opening lap in the second practice session, the cause of the crash identified as an electronics fault.

“FP1 we went out, the bikes haven’t done a lap anywhere, so everything was new,” Hook explained to CycleOnline. “I went out in the first session yesterday and I had no electronics, no wheelie control or traction control working so I just did some laps anyway. Everything else was really good.

“Came back in, did a few adjustments to the electronics and they seemed to be working on the out lap so I started getting into it, the wheelie control was really good and the TC seemed to be working, and on the exit of turn 12 on the first flyer there they just turned off. The bike was really upright and it just gave me a heap of power at once, wasn’t carrying much lean angle at all and high-sided, late in the turn.

“I came down on my wrist a little bit, my scaphoid, they suspect that to be broken but haven’t had an x-ray or anything just yet. I’m just going to strap it this morning and see if I can ride and go from there.”

On-track action at round seven of ASBK continues for the premier class this morning with Timed Practice, and it is expected Hook will make a decision on whether he will continue further into the weekend after he assesses his physical condition on the bike throughout the outing.