Aussies Abroad: August 2019

All over the world Australians are taking on overseas championships and making a name for themselves on two wheels.

The month of July saw several riders continue to register impressive results and hone their craft in competitive championships, with plenty more to look forward to in August. 

Here are some of the highlights of Australians competing on the global stage.   

Josh Hook 

It’s been a busy month for Josh Hook, as he competed in the Coca-Cola Suzuka 8 Hours and the opening round of the FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup. 

The Suzuka 8 Hours is Japan’s most prestigious motorcycle race and the local manufacturers go all out to win the coveted trophy. 

An notable seven Aussies took part in the famous event, which also hosted the final round of the FIM World Endurance Championship.

The 26-year-old Hook from New South Wales put in the most competitive showing, taking fourth in the race and second overall in the final championship standings. 

Hook unfortunately missed out on defending his title with F.C.C. TSR Honda France but has vowed to come back stronger next season. 

His MotoE™ debut at the Sachsenring in Germany was tougher than Hook would have liked, finishing the inaugural race in 15th place.

“The feeling with the bike grew during the race,” Hook said. “It was very important to be with the peloton on a circuit where I raced on Friday for the first time. It wasn’t a particularly satisfying weekend, but we have to take the positive side and improve.” 

MotoE™ returns for round two at the Red Bull Ring on 11 August. 

Billy Van Eerde

New South Welshman Billy Van Eerde produced arguably his best result so far in the Red Bull Rookies Cup.

After qualifying an impressive fourth at the Sachsenring round in Germany, Van Eerde got his weekend off to a solid start in race one with a sixth-place finish.

The action heated up in race two, with the 17-year-old battling it out with a 10-rider group for third position. 

Unfortunately, the young Aussie had a podium place taken from him after Race Direction concluded he gained an unfair advantage when running off the track during the last lap, relegating him back to sixth position. 

Despite the disappointment of missing out on his first Red Bull Rookies podium, Van Eerde has shown great improvement and will be one to watch for the remainder of the season. 

The next time we’ll see Van Eerde in action will be the Austrian round on 10-11 August. 

Max Stauffer

An exciting recent announcement is that current Australian Supersport 300 Championship leader Max Stauffer will make his European debut in two months’ time.

The 15-year-old will race in the Yamaha R3 Cup Championship in the Internationale Deutsche Superbike-Meisterschaft (IDM) at the Hockenheimring in Germany and the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at world famous TT Circuit in Assen, Holland.

Max is the son of former Australian Superbike Champion Jamie Stauffer and is fast emerging as an exciting prospect.

It’s also great to see the resurgence of the domestic Australian Superbike Championship, in particular the 300 class, is allowing young Australian riders to be recognised overseas. 

Riders such as Tommy Edwards, Tom Bramich, Tom Toparis and Billy Van Eerde have all cut their teeth in the domestic Australian championship. 

Joel Kelso

It’s been a tough year for the highly regarded Joel Kelso in the Italian Road Racing Championship (CIV).

The Northern Territorian fought back at the Misano round to claim his best finish of the season so far with fourth place. 

The 16-year-old Kelso qualified in sixth position and was feeling much more comfortable with his machine. 

But the seemingly unthinkable happened at the start of race one, as the lights failed to work and the race instead started with the waving of an Italian flag.

As a result of the confusion, Kelso lost a lot of places and could not do better than P14.

The second race saw a far more competitive showing due to a great start off the line and a fourth-place finish. 

Kelso was happy to get his best result of the season so far and is confident that he can improve once again for round five of the championship at Mugello on 22-23 September. 

Josh Brookes

Experienced rider Josh Brookes continues to excel in the Bennetts British Superbike Championship with two second-place finishes at Snetterton.

The 36-year-old is still mathematically in contention for the championship, 41 points off ex-MotoGP™ rider and teammate Scott Redding who currently leads the series. 

In the second race Brookes, on the Be Wiser Ducati, managed to hold the lead until Redding dived down the inside to overtake him with three laps remaining and claim the win. 

It will be fascinating to see if Brookes can continue to dice with Redding for the remainder of the season.

The seventh round of the BSB season will take place at Thruxton on 2-4 August.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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