Swindon’s Cook looks to finish the season on a high

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Swindon superbike star Max Cook is looking to finish the season on a high at Brands Hatch this weekend.

The 13-year-old currently sits in ninth place in the HEL Performance Motostar British Championship in what is his rookie season on the British Superbike scene.

Hot on the heels of Cook is Edmund Best who is just three points adrift so the Swindon rider will be keen to stay ahead of him this weekend.

Cook is excited ahead of the final meeting of the season, saying: It’s a circuit I really like and it’s the final round.

“All I want to do is finish the season on a high and give myself and the team a good result.”

Cook will go into this weekend at Brands Hatch in confident mood having been selected to compete in next weekend’s Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup trials for the second year running.

The Swindon rider will compete against 117 other riders from across the world during the three day event as he bids to secure a place in the 2017 Rookies Cup.


Earlier this month Cook travelled to Holland’s Assen TT circuit to compete in round 11 of the Motostar Moto3 Championship.

After a decent qualifying session, Cook got off to a great start as he moved up the field only to be thwarted by a red flag as heavy rain came down on the first lap.

Once the race restarted, Cook battled for grip but in the final two laps made up five places as he took the chequered flag in eighth place.

Cook made a blistering start to race two, quickly moving from ninth place to sixth as he chased the leading pack.

But sadly Cook didn’t see past turn eight after his rear wheel was clipped sending him flying over the gravel and out of the race.

Reflecting on his performance in Holland, Cook said: “The Assen circuit was amazing.

“I was excited about riding it as it’s a GP Circuit, but I didn’t think it would be that fast and fun to ride.

“The corners are really positively cambered so the corner speed you can carry is amazing.

“I was really chuffed that Danny arranged for me to get some help from his old GP125 team mate, Joey Litjens, to learn the circuit and it worked as with Joey’s track tricks I got to grips with the circuit really fast.

“The bike was sorted right from the start and it felt great throughout the weekend and thanks to the team as they did a great job with the bike and it was sad to see the weekend end on a crash.

“I was really gutted about the crash in race two, as I had the best start ever and made my way up to sixth and I was on the back of the group of riders who were eventually battling for third.

“I was going into turn eight on the first lap – just focused on staying with the group, and then suddenly I felt a knock at the back of my bike and then the next thing I was spinning over the gravel trap.

“It’s part of racing, but it’s a pain as if it didn’t happen I could have been battling for my best finish of the year.”