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Aug 1, 2014

Hook Fastest During Australasian Superbike Qualifying Friday At Winton Motor Raceway

Josh Hook (16). Photo by Keith Muir, courtesy of Team Honda Racing.

Hook claims fastest qualifying time

Conditions tough in practice and qualifying

1 August 2014: Winton, Victoria

Team Honda Racing rider Josh Hook has had a great start to this weekend’s racing action by claiming the fastest time in Superbike qualifying at the fourth round of the 2014 Swann Insurance Australasian Superbike Championship.

Hook posted a his fastest lap time of 1:33.813 on his second last lap around the Winton circuit to finish less than a tenth of a second ahead of teammate Wayne Maxwell.

With conditions tough for all riders (the on-again off-again rain and wind did not help), the riders were careful in deciding how many laps to take to the circuit for.

Maxwell only completed five laps in the qualifying session, but did enough to claim the second fastast time, while Linden Magee took his LMR BMW into third overall on the qualifying standings.

Aprillia Factory Teams Chris Seaton and NextGen Motorsports’ Flenn Allerton posted the fourth and fifth fastest times respectively.

In Supersport qualifying, Dynovet Racing rider Mason Coote claimed the fastest qualifying lap posting a 1:35.644, with Queenslander Aiden Wagner (1:36.023) and News South Welshman William Davidson (1:36.282) clocking up the second and third fastest times respectively.

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1 Josh HOOK (NSW) 1:33.613

2 Wayne MAXWELL (VIC) 1:33.700

3 Linden MAGEE (QLD) 1:33.866

4 Chris SEATON (QLD) 1:34.203

5 Glenn ALLERTON (NSW) 1:34.429

6 Sean CONDON (NSW) 1:34.810

7 Chris TROUNSON (VIC) 1:34.930

8 Troy HERFOSS (NSW) 1:35.354

9 Robert BUGDEN (QLD) 1:35.405

10 Ben HENRY (QLD) 1:36.282


1 Mason COOTE (WA) 1:35.644

2 Aiden WAGNER (QLD) 1:36.023

3 William DAVIDSON (NSW 1:36.282

4 Michael BLAIR (NSW) 1:38.443

5 Aaiden COOTE (WA) 1:38.751

6 Aaron MORRIS (NSW) 1:39.329

7 Luke MITCHELL (NSW) 1:40.024

8 Cambridge OLIVIER (ACT) 1:40.030

9 Justin DI GIANDOMENICO (VIC) 1:40.073

10 Callum SPRIGGS (QLD) 1:40.559

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More, from a press release issued by Team Honda Racing:

A Windy and Wet Beginning to Round 4 ASC at Winton Raceway with Hook on Pole

1st August 2014 – Team Honda Racing made a cautious start to Round 4 of the Australasian Superbike Championship today at Winton Raceway in extremely changeable conditions. Leading the timing sheets for today was #16 Josh Hook whose qualifying time leading into tomorrow’s FX-Superbike races was a 1:33.613 sec.

Hook was pleased with his lap time today given the conditions. “Getting the fastest time today in the qualifying session was great although we still have a lot left to give. The weather didn’t make it easy today in practice so we didn’t do a lot of laps. The qualifying session was wet so nobody was pushing it. I think the weather is supposed to improve tomorrow so it will be really interesting to see how we go from Pole.”

#47 Wayne Maxwell was just .087 sec behind Hook in today’s qualifying session and is looking forward to clearer weather tomorrow. “The weather today really disrupted our sessions and reduced our track time, but at least we were able to get a feel for the track with the Motul Honda CBR1000RR SP. I was happy to end up in P2 heading into tomorrow’s FX-Superbike event and I am really looking forward to racing. It is going to be a very interesting weekend on such a technical track.”

#17 Troy Herfoss will start from the 2nd row of the grid heading into tomorrow’s races, saying “It was a mixed day today due to the weather and because the forecast looks good for the weekend I didn’t push today or ride the wet practice session. Second row tomorrow gives me a chance to see my competition and get a solid run for a strong lap time to be competitive for Sunday’s races.”

The championship leader, #27 Jamie Stauffer took no risks today in practice or qualifying, opting out of the wet practice and qualifying conservatively this afternoon. “It was a challenging day at Winton Raceway today with my injury and the changeable weather conditions. I qualified back in the field for tomorrow’s races, but my focus is always on Sunday’s Swann Series races. The weather looks pretty good for the weekend so I will rest up and give my all to retain my championship lead.”

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