Swindon rider Max Cook will hit the British Superbike scene at full throttle next month after impressing during pre-season testing in Spain last week.
The 13-year-old, who won the Aprillia Superteen Championship last season, enters uncharted territory on April 9th when he takes to the grid in round one of the British Superbike Motostar Moto3 Championship at Silverstone – his first competitive race on a full blown race bike.
But the teenage sensation will go to the Northampton track in confident mood after exceeding all expectations during the four-day pre-season testing session in Cartagena, Spain.
The testing session was Cook’s first step into Moto3, riding for the Replicast UK Racing Team and gave him the chance to settle into the team before the season starts.
Cook was characteristically calm on day one of testing and any nerves he may have harboured disappeared the minute he set off on his new Honda Moto3 bike.
He immediately achieved his target on day one and the remainder of testing saw his lap times tumble as he grew in both confidence and speed.
By the end of testing, Cook was exceeding all expectations and carrying enough corner speed to start dragging his elbows on all corners of the track, an illustration of just how fast he was travelling.
The youngster was delighted with his efforts in Spain, saying: “Well, there’s so much to say I’m not sure where to start.
“Firstly, the bike was amazing; the way it went, the way it handled and the new colours were awesome.
“It’s the best bike I’ve ridden and it was so much fun to ride, I couldn’t wait for the next sessions during the test and now I can’t wait until the first round.
“I want to say thanks to the team for giving me a great bike and their hard work before and during the test.
“I really enjoy being part of ReplicastUK Racing and the test was great, as they made me feel at home straight away and helped me loads with getting my bike right for me and supporting me every day to get faster.
“It was also a lot of fun being with TJ (Toms) and Storm (Stacey). I feel good from the test but I’m still learning the bike, so I’m hoping I can improve again at Silverstone.”
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