Aussies Abroad: June 2019

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

The month of June saw several riders register impressive results and place themselves right in the hunt for their respective titles. 

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

Josh Hook 

New South Welshman Josh Hook and his F.C.C. TSE Honda France Team are right in contention for the FIM Endurance World Championship after taking victory at the 8 Hours of Oschersleben.

His team was faultless throughout the race and Hook even managed to secure the fastest lap on his Honda Fireblade.

The win now places the team up to third in the overall standings as they look to go back to back with another title. 

Hook also completed further testing for the FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup. Unfortunately the Australian was suffering from food poisoning during the test, but he will be raring to go when the series will kick off on 5-7 July at the Sachsenring in Germany for the first race. 

Josh Brookes 

Experienced rider Josh Brookes from New South Wales put in a mega effort at the Brands Hatch round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship to take two race wins.

The double victories saw him retain the King of Brands Crown and he currently resides third in the championship standings. 

This series is arguably the most competitive domestic Superbike championship in the world, so it’s no mean feat to be fighting for a title.

Brookes commented after the successful weekend; “It’s great to get a couple of wins towards that big cash prize but I’ve got to be focused on the championship – that’s my main concern, main goal, my main focus, I’m championship orientated so that’s why I’m most pleased with today’s results.”

He will next action for Round 5 at Knockhill, 28 – 30 June.

Broc Parkes 

Australia is seeing significant success in the form of Broc Parkes, who is also from New South Wales.  Parkes currently leads the Asia Road Racing Championship by eight points after a successful weekend at the Chang International Circuit in Thailand. 

Although he had a less than ideal start to the weekend, which saw him just off the podium in fourth position for race one, Parkes fought back to claim second in race two. 

This is the first year that the Asian Road Racing Championship has incorporated a Superbike class, so it’s no surprise to see experienced Aussies getting a call up to compete there. 

Parkes has raced in the MotoGP™ class in the past, including the entire 2014 season where he scored nine points. He was last seen in action at the 2017 Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix when he filled in for Jonas Folger at Tech3 Yamaha.  

Round four of the Asia Road Racing Championship takes place June 28-30 at Suzuka, Japan. 

Harrison Voight, Jacob Roulstone, Luke Power 

The Asia Talent Cup continues to uncover plenty of rising Australian talent with Harrison Voight, Jacob Roulstone and Luke Power all putting in a competitive showing.

Although the first race was difficult for all three riders, the second race was a far more competitive affair for the Aussies.  

Queenslander, Voight had an outstanding ride and only just missed out on the podium in fourth.

Roulstone from New South Wales finished in ninth spot and Power hailing from Victoria put in a solid effort to finish eleventh.    

The next round of the Asia Talent Cup takes place 4-6 October at Chang International Circuit.

Registration for the 2020 Asia Talent Cup will be open soon, giving a whole new crop of young riders from Asia and Oceania the chance to apply to join the Road to MotoGP™. Registration opens on the 5th July for prospective competitors from across the region.

Last year, Billy Van Eerde from Australia won the 2018 Asia Talent Cup Championship in his first season. 

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