Cook bounces back in style after Donnington crash

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Swindon superbike star Max Cook finished on a high at Donnington Park claiming fifth place in race two as he bounced back from a crash in race one.

Lining up on row three of the grid for the first race in round 10 of the HEL Performance Motostar British Championship, Cook quickly moved up to fifth place by the first turn.

He dropped back to eighth by the end of the first lap before the safety car was introduced following a crash between two other riders.

After the safety car returned to the pits, Cook set his sights on regaining his lost places but a combination of cold tyres and the dirty track saw him lose grip on the front tyre and he crashed out on the exit of turn one.

Two other riders joined Cook as they crashed into the gravel trap but fortunately all were okay although the Swindon rider’s bike didn’t fare so well.

Cook’s team worked late into the night to repair Cook’s bike and ready it for race two where he would start in 10th place from the grid, a demotion of one place.

Race two saw Cook get a great start as he slotted into eighth position hot on the heels of Lee Hindle.

Cook though was then forced to take evasive action when Hindle crashed out just inches from his front wheel.

Fortunately for Cook he reacted quickly to avoid Hindle’s sliding KTM but this saw him run wide and cost him three places in the race.

Cook though clawed back two more places in the next two laps before a mistake saw him drop one of those places.

However, Cook dug in and within four laps had caught the group in front. He then used his momentum to overtake the three riders he was chasing to take fifth place at the chequered flag.

Cook also recorded the fifth fastest lap time of the whole weekend with a time of 1:39.1.

 

A delighted Cook was pleased that he recovered so well from Saturday’s crash, saying: “I’m so glad the weekend ended the way it did with an awesome race on Sunday.

“After the crash on Saturday I really wanted to get a great result which I think I did.

“I gave it absolutely everything in race two and I’m so pleased with how my riding has come on in the last two rounds and I’m really enjoying riding the bike.

“It was also good to see me on the telly a bit more when I got home.

“I’m also pleased that I’ve improved my qualifying results.

“It’s been something we’ve been working on and to get into the top 10 was cool, but I want to improve this more by the end of the season.

“The crash in race 1 was a weird one as I knew I had to keep heat in the tyres and the safety car was actually much faster than I expected, so I thought it would be ok.

“I followed the rider in front, same line and speed then whoosh it went, but then I could see that Ed and Slooten came off in the same spot so it’s a bit of a strange one.

“It’s my first ‘big one’ of the season and I want to say a big thank you to Gary, Trick, Simon and Shar for fixing bike in time for race two and making it feel the same as before.

“I couldn’t have done what I did in race two without them doing such a good job.

“Also I’d like to say a massive thank you to all my sponsors, my manager Stefan Capella from Southern Division for help getting best out of me this weekend, everyone at ReplicastUK Racing, Andy at Kais, Mum, Dad and family, all my supporters and fans, marshall, medics”

Cook returns to action on October 1st, when he travels to Holland to take on the Assen Circuit.