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Josh Hook races to Maiden Superbike Podium at Queensland Raceway

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Team Honda Racing riders, Josh Hook and Jamie Stauffer delighted fans this weekend with a display of strength and determination at Round 3 of the Australian Superbike Championship at Queensland Raceway.

The challenge was set for both Honda riders going into the weekend with Stauffer only beginning to recover from an injury to his pelvis sustained in testing the week before and Hook, new to the Superbike category this season, determined to make his mark at the front of the field.

Both Team Honda Racing riders rose to the challenge. Hook took his first podium on a Superbike when he placed 3rd in Race 2 on Sunday to finish the event 4th overall.

In Qualifying on Saturday it was evident that Hook had his eye on the front row of the grid, recording the 2nd fastest lap time of the session, a 1:09.201 sec.

Hook went on to record a flying lap of the Queensland circuit of 1:08.839 sec in the Superpole shootout, just .129 sec off Pole position to take P4 on the grid for both races.

In Race 1 on Sunday, Hook took 4th place with a lap time of 1:09.131 sec and once Race 2 had started, it became clear that Josh Hook means to move quickly through the ranks of the Superbike field to challenge the front runners in his maiden season.

Hook spent much of Race 2 in 2nd position on the track and hung on until the final few laps, eventually taking 3rd place, his first podium in the Superbike category.

"It's fantastic to take my first podium in the Superbike class and I'm really happy with the weekend." Hook enthused. "My lap times are improving all the time and to be able to start from the front row in just our 2nd event on the Superbike this year is great.

"Thank you to the team for all the hard work they have been putting in with testing and at the event, they have given me a terrific motorbike and I am really enjoying racing on the CBR1000RR.

"I am looking forward to more testing and seeing what we can bring to the next race event."
Jamie Stauffer courageously battled through to a 5th place finish for the weekend in Queensland - Credit: Keith Muir
The injured Jamie Stauffer was not far behind his team mate, recording the 5th fastest lap time of the Qualifying session, a 1:09.720 sec and also the final Superpole shootout to secure a very respectable P5 on the grid.

Stauffer's plan for the race event was re-written after being injured in testing, but the main goal remained; to get as many points as possible from the event.

It was clear that the multiple Australian Champion was struggling with the injury, yet he still took 5th place in both races to finish the event in 5th overall. Stauffer now sits in 5th place in the points standings going into the next event at Sydney Motorsport Park.

"It was a tough weekend for sure, but I did everything I could to ensure I didn't waste the opportunity to gain more points for the championship." Stauffer explained.

"The team have clearly given me a good motorcycle as my strength just wasn't there as much as usual so to come 5th in both races shows the strength of the Honda CBR1000RR and Team Honda Racing.

"I am looking forward to recovering properly and getting back out there for the double-header in Sydney," he concluded.

Team Honda Racing Team Principle, Paul Free, was proud of the effort put in by both his riders over the weekend and will be looking to the double-header at Sydney Motorsport Park in August to secure maximum points.

"Josh rode exceptionally well this weekend and I couldn't be more pleased with the progress he is making." Free stated. "He can be proud of his first podium this weekend, just the 2nd event this year and he has taken 3rd place.

"His lap times are impressive and I am really looking forward to seeing him in action in Sydney.

"Jamie showed what he is made of this weekend. To finish 5th was a solid effort as anyone who has had a pelvic injury would attest to. His focus now has to be on recovery so that he is in top form going into the next event, particularly being a double-header.

"A big thanks to our team partners, Honda and Oleon Oils for coming out to the track and to all our supporters this weekend." Free conclude.

Top Image: Josh Hook was impressive at Queensland Raceway, racing to a fine third place finish in race two.
Credit: Keith Muir

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