TAREE rider Josh Hook's Team Honda Racing have taken the overall round six win at Hidden Valley Raceway at Darwin in the Australian Superbikes, with Jamie Stauffer also setting a new lap record in race two with a lap time of 1:06.802 seconds.
Stauffer finished second in race one and also recorded the fastest lap of the race, a 1:07.376 sec with Hook in third place.
Hook's day was mixed on the track, receiving a jump start penalty in both races, yet still finishing the races strongly - third in race one and fourth in race two to place fourth overall for round six.
Team Honda Racing principal, Paul Free could not be more impressed by the entire team and is pleased to have both riders on the podium.
"This was terrific for Team Honda Racing after a massive amount of hard work by the whole team and it paid off for us with a race win in race two and the overall round six win for Jamie,'' Free said.
"It was fantastic to see Jamie set a new lap record in race two.
"It shows the strength of both the Honda CBR1000RR and the rider. We've made some massive steps forward which I am really pleased and proud to say as the team has worked so hard this year and we have just not quite been there so to finish with the Round 6 win and a new lap record is terrific.
"Young Josh had a fantastic ride today also. He raced very well in both races. I just can't say enough about that young rider; he is doing an outstanding job. It was awesome to see Josh have a good go in race two.
"He really pushed hard and did overtake Robbie Bugden on that last lap, however it was under a yellow flag so Josh took fourth place for the race. I couldn't be more proud of him.
"For some reason Josh got a jump start penalty in both races so we will debrief on that and see what he may be doing off the start so that it doesn't happen again.
"It really was an outstanding weekend for Team Honda Racing. In the past it has not been a happy hunting ground for us and I'm pretty happy to say we turned that right around. We have had trouble off the start at Hidden Valley in previous years and just not been able to be strong off the line. Today for both races, both CBR1000RRs got terrific starts and were strong going down the straight to turn one which really set the Hondas up well on the first lap. I am extremely proud of the whole team today and pleased that the hard work has turned into positive results."
Hook is happy with the event overall despite some hiccups and is focused on the progress made since the previous round.
"This weekend was overall pretty good,'' he said.
"We started just a few tenths off the fastest guys so we've come a long way since the last round. The Honda has been working really well all weekend and it is great to see some results with the team having worked so hard.
"I finished third in the first race which was okay, but we had a few issues with the bike so the team worked on it before race two and the improvement was clear.
"I would like to thank the team for all their efforts; they are doing a fantastic job.
I can't wait for the next round."