Superbike challenge for Wisbech student Harry
Wisbech student Harry Cook has been chosen to race for Yamaha in the junior class of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship (BSB).
The Year 9 Thomas Clarkson Academy student will make his debut in the Hel Performance British Junior Supersport Championship.
He has been selected for the McAMS Raceways Yamaha team, who have Superbike stars Jason O’Halloran and Tarran Mackenzie as their main riders in BSB. Harry rides a Yamaha R3 300cc full race spec bike.
He is also competing in another championship solely for Yamaha riders called the bLU cRU challenge, with two riders getting the chance to race in the R3 bLU cRU Cup in Europe next year. He will be competing against 35 riders aged 14 to 23-years-old, making Harry one of the youngest riders. His rider coach is the legendary 11 times champion Roger Marshall.
Motorbikes are in Harry’s blood – his dad and grandads had bikes.
When he was five, his parents bought him a Yamaha 50cc motocross bike and he took to it instantly.
At eight, he started going to British minibike championships, racing on karting tracks around the UK on pit bikes from 90cc to 140cc engines. He soon began winning trophies.
When he was just 11, Harry went to Spain to race on a Moto 5 bike, and at 12 he could legally compete in the UK on an Aprilia RS 125cc at club level, which he did with a club called Thundersport.
Harry completed his ACU licence that season to move on from his novice licence and gained his clubman licence by getting 10 completed races signed off. Harry came second that season in the Aprilia 125 class, narrowly missing out on first place to a 17-year-old.
Last year, Harry was selected to race in the British Talent Cup on a Honda Moto3 250cc bike. This was his first season in the top class of racing in the UK – the Bennetts British Superbike Championship – and Harry’s races were aired on BT Sport. He secured championship points and climbed up the grid with each race. He also completed his clubman licence to get his national licence.
Harry starts off his season at Donington Park in July and will be racing at famous tracks including Silverstone, Brands Hatch and Snetterton.
He thanked the following sponsors who have supported him all the way: Force One, Tru7 group, J.S Cook, Washbrook Farm Motocross, Ultimate Workforce Ltd, Hanson, R&G, RST leather suits, Arai Helmet, Sidi boots and Motul.