Donington ‘Little Racer’ Max Cook set to join legendary list of champions this weekend
Donington Park’s ‘Little Racers’ motorcycle ambassador Max Cook is set to join legendary motorcycling names including Casey Stoner, as he looks poised to become the youngest ever winner of the Aprilia Superteens Championship at Donington this weekend.
The Aprilia Superteens for 12 to 18 year-olds has become a proving ground for the world’s best motorcycle racers, with former MotoGP World Champion Stoner one of the names to have raced in the championship. Sam and Alex Lowes also began their careers in the series, as did World Superbike frontrunners Tom Sykes, Leon Camier and Chaz Davies, as well as Cal Crutchlow and Steve Brogan.
Now, 12-year-old Cook is set to join this prestigious list, requiring just a top seven finish in one of the four races for the series this weekend, in order to clinch the title.
“I’m really excited to ride at Donington this weekend, especially as we’re on the full circuit” he commented. “I used to watch all my favourite riders at Donington, like Scott Redding when he was younger. I’ve ridden the National Circuit already this year which was my first time here, and I loved it, the weather looks brilliant this weekend too.”
Should Cook win the title this weekend, he will be the youngest champion in the series’ long history: “I’m really hoping to win the championship this weekend, if I do it, then I’m the youngest Superteen champion in history. I only need to finish in the top seven in one more race and I will have done it.
“It would mean a lot to me to win the championship, I’ve worked hard in each race to get the best result. I’ll be relieved as well, which means I can think about lap records and enjoy my riding even more.
“Long term I want to be a MotoGP rider, in a factory team and win the world championship and race for as long as I can.”
Donington Park recognised the potential of Cook earlier this year, and gave him the opportunity to become an ambassador for the circuit’s Little Racers club. “I’m really happy to be recognised by Donington as it’s the best bike circuit in the UK and a real honour. I’m proud to represent the Little Racers Club as I want to be an inspiration for new riders and set a good example. I also help my dad with the Scott Redding Young Riders Academy by teaching children how to ride a minimoto bike better, so I hope to bring this with me to the Little Racers Club too.”
For more information on Max Cook racing, visit www.maxcook30.co.uk.
The Aprilia Superteens is one of the series racing during the Thundersport GB event at Donington Park this weekend. A total of 34 races is scheduled for the two days, with entry free of charge tomorrow (Friday).
Tickets for the racing on Saturday and Sunday will be available upon arrival at the circuit for £15 per day, with free entry for children aged 13 and under. For more information visit www.donington-park.co.uk
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