Aussies Abroad: September 2019

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

The month of August saw several riders further hone their craft and register impressive results.

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

Josh Brookes

Be Wiser Ducati's Josh Brookes sensationally leads the Bennetts British Superbike Championship after the Cadwell Park round. 

The 36-year-old put in a mega effort to take a second-place finish and race victory to be crowned King of the Mountain. 

Brookes' World Superbike-bound teammate, Scott Redding, was taken out by Andrew Irwin in race two, flipping the championship battle on its head.   

"I have to be happy, obviously leading the championship is a great feather in the cap," Brookes said. 

"The results over the past few years show it hasn't been a great track for me, so it's good to put that bed and know that the track can be won again."

It will be an exciting chase for the title, with Brookes leading the standings ahead of Redding by 12 points.

The next round takes place at Oulton Park on 6-8 September. 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Billy Van Eerde 

Young Billy Van Eerde from New South Wales had a breakthrough weekend at the Austrian round of the Red Bull Rookies Cup. 

Expectations were high for Van Eerde, with the Red Bull Ring being one of his favourite circuits, and he delivered in spades with two podium finishes. 

He agonisingly missed out on his first victory with P2 in race one, and backed up his rapid improvement with P3 in race two. 

The 17-year-old's outstanding performance further solidifies Van Eerde as one of Australia's most promising rising talents. 

Van Eerde will look to back up his impressive performance at Misano on 14 September. 

Broc Parkes

It was another outstanding weekend for Broc Parkes in the Asia Road Racing Championship Superbike class at Zhuhai International Circuit in China.   

After finishing fourth in race one, the Yamaha Racing Team rider fought back in race two with a victory. 

The 37-year-old New South Welshman's latest win puts him 35 points clear at the top of the standings, with 188 points to his name heading into round six at Sepang.

Parkes will next be in action at Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia on 20-22 September.  

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Josh Hook 

The 26-year-old Josh Hook from New South Wales turned around his difficult FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup debut with a competitive seventh place at Austria. 

Although he qualified a disappointing 14th, Hook came out firing with an exciting comeback performance in wet race full of drama.  

He even managed to make up as many as five positions on the opening lap and survived plenty of carnage to finish in P7. 

He is 11th in the MotoE™ standings, only one point away from the top 10. 

"It was a good race," Hook said. "Unfortunately, in qualifying, we were not incisive and starting from 14th position was not easy, but I still managed to recover many positions. I will have to work on the feeling with the bike, but the direction is the right one."

Joel Kelso 

Northern Territorian Joel Kelso will make his debut in the World Supersport 300 championship this weekend at Portimao. 

Kelso, who also races for the Leopard Racing Team in the Moto3 category in the ELF Campionato Italiano Velocita (CIV) series, will fill in for South African rider Dorren Loureiro, who is unable to participate due to family circumstances.

The World Supersport 300 championship already features plenty of Australians such as Tom Bramich, Dino Iozzo and Nick Kalinin.

It will be fascinating to see how Kelso gets on in the highly competitive championship. 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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