Australian Josh Hook has received a three-race call-up to replace the injured Dominique Aegerter in the Moto2 World Championship.
The 22-year-old from Taree, New South Wales will ride the Technomag Racing Interwetten entry in Japan this weekend before continuing on for the subsequent Australian and Malaysian events.
Hook currently competes in the All-Japan Superbike Championship and rode alongside Aegerter in this year’s Suzuka 8 Hour.
Aegerter fractured his vertebrae, right wrist and ribs in a heavy crash at the recent Aragon Moto2 round.
“I was contacted by around thirty riders, ” said team boss Fred Corminboeuf of Hook’s appointment.
“We absolutely wanted someone who knows these three circuits and Domi suggested Josh Hook.
“Having commenced his career in Australia, Josh was defending the colours of FCC-TSR in the Japanese Superbike Championship and he has of course ridden in Motegi as well as Phillip Island in the Australian Championship and Sepang with the Asia Dream Cup.”
Hook added his excitement over the opportunity via social media.
“Huge thanks to Domi for putting my name in the hat,” he wrote.
“Thank you to the team for bringing me on board. Hopefully I’ll get a good result because I know Phillip Island and Motegi.
“Cheers to all my friends, family and you guys for your support, it means everything to me.”