Taree's Josh Hook starts superbike campaign

TAREE racer Josh Hook realises winning the Australasian Superbike Championship will be a tough assignment.

But he says it's not an impossible dream.

Hook, 21, makes his championship debut this weekend in the second round at Mallala in South Australia.

The Team Honda rider missed the opening round while he was recovering from injuries sustained after crashing when racing in support races at the World Superbikes held at Phillip Island in February.

Hook broke his collarbone and wrist and also fractured vetebra and intially it looked as though his season was over.

However, he assures he's fully recovered and is looking forward to this weekend.

While Hook hasn't raced at Mallala since 2008 Team Honda tested there last weekend and Hook was satisfied with his efforts.

"I was a bit rusty at first after the layoff, but by the end I was alright,'' he said.

"I'm confident I'll be up with the pacesetters this weekend.''

Practice will start today with qualifying tomorrow. There'll be three races on Sunday, each worth 25 points to the winner.

Hook's Team Honda team-mate Jamie Stauffer currently leads the championship on 67 points, two clear of Glen Allerton on 65.

His main concern will be adapting to the tyres used in this year's championship, which he says have less grip than he's used to. However, he is confident all is in place for this weekend's racing.

There are five rounds left in the championship, which concludes at Sydney on November 21-23.

Hook believes if he can maintain consistency and stay injury free for the remainder of the campaign he can make a dent on the leaders.

The Phillip Island crash was the first time Hook has been seriously injured while racing. However, he says this won't be in his mind when the real stuff starts this weekend.

"No, I won't be thinking about it,'' he said.

This is his second year in the championship. In 2013 he was a credible fifth and he went into this year confident of even higher honours. Previously his best performance was winning the Australian 125cc championship in 2011 while the following year he was second in the 600 Supersport category in the Australian Superbike Championship.

"A perfect weekend, with three wins from the three races, will give me 75 points,'' Hook said.

"So that's what I'm aiming for. I know it's not going to be easy, but it's not impossible, either.''

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