Josh Hook completes Grillini WSBK line-up

Team Grillini completes its 2016 WSBK rider line-up with the signing of Australian youngster Josh Hook.
Up and coming Australian rider Josh Hook will make his World Superbike Championship debut in 2016 after landing a ride with Team Grillini.

The 22 year-old has been identified as a talent for the future after clinching the Australian 125GP championship in 2011, before then following it up with race wins at Australian Supersport and Superbike level.

Most recently competing in Japan, where he rode a factory-backed F.C.C TSR Honda to 11th in the standings, Hook also stepped foot on the world stage in 2015 with a four-race Moto2 outing on the Technomag Kalex.

For 2016, Hook will step up to World Superbikes with the Team Grillini, where he will be paired with the already-confirmed Dominic Schmitter.

Grillini, which has run BMW and Kawasaki machinery in WSBK in recent years, is yet to confirm which bike it will use in 2016, with rumours suggesting it could run a pair of privateer

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December 22, 2015 9:03 PM

I don't think this was the best decision career development wise.
Several Qik Points need to be said here because, SBK Racing In Aus is although competitive in the top 5, the problem is lack of Sponsors Dollars willing to help our vast talent pool get overseas and get on a decent ride! We all know that atm the Wealthy Families and Riders just BUY there way into any team that needs some cash. Josh Hook, and pretty much every young Aussie Racer faces the same dilemma that Josh has. Jed Metcher, Josh Waters, Brian Staring etc... It Really Sucks and unless our boys are content with racing at home against the same top 5 guys and teams for the rest of their careers, its with a heavy heart I have to admit that we are forced to just take literally what ever we can get in order to get OS and do the best we can with what ever POS we are told to race! I Think the Last Aussie Riders to have a paid ride was Bayliss and Corser. Pretty much everyone else has had to tip in a


December 17, 2015 6:31 PM

Personally I think he should of done what a few Australians have done and come over to BSB, build up a good fan base (something he won't do at the back of a grid) and get used to the best domestic and a very competitive championship. When you look at the BSB to WSBK graduates they haven't particularly done a bad job. I don't think Hook is world level yet, he didn't make it the top 25 in Moto2 and Grillini aren't a top 10 team in WSBK, they're hardly a point scoring team. Not to bash Hook as he has a lot of talent, demonstrated with his podium at the 8 hour, but I don't think this was the best decision career development wise.

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