Harry has an exciting year ahead.
Rising star Harry Cook looks forward to an exciting year after being chosen to race for Yamaha in the junior class of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship (BSB). The 9th year student will make his debut in the British Junior Supersport Hel Performance Championship this season, after getting better and better and getting his national license. He was selected for the McAMS Raceways Yamaha team, which has Superbike stars Jason O’Halloran and Tarran Mackenzie as main BSB riders. Harry rides a complete Yamaha R3 300cc racing motorcycle built by his team. Harry is also excited to participate in another championship exclusively for Yamaha riders called the bLU cRU challenge. Two riders will have the chance to participate in the R3 bLU cRU Cup in Europe next year. He will face 35 riders aged 14 to 23, making Harry one of the youngest riders. Its trainer is the legendary 11 times champion Roger Marshall.
Motorcycles are in Harry’s blood – his father and grandfathers always had motorcycles, so from a young age Harry showed an interest and wanted to see them work.
When he was 5, his parents bought him a Yamaha 50cc motocross bike for Christmas and he immediately adopted it. At the age of 8 Harry started competing in the British Minibike Championships, racing on go-kart tracks across the UK on 90cc to 140cc pitbikes. He quickly started winning trophies in all of his races.
When he was only 11, Harry went to Spain to race on a 5 motorbike on circuits such as Valencia, Monteblanco, Aragón and Jerez. At the age of 12 Harry 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 license that season to switch from his novice license and earned his clubman license by getting 10 completed races signed. Harry came in second this season in the Aprilia 125 class, narrowly missing out on first place for a 17-year-old rider.
Last year Harry was selected to compete in the British Talent Cup on a Honda Moto3 250cc motorcycle. It was his first season in the top category of UK racing – the Bennetts British Superbike Championship – and Harry’s races were broadcast on BT Sport. He earned championship points in his very first year and was climbing the grid in every race. He also completed his clubman license to obtain his national license.
Most recently, Harry has just returned from official testing with BSB at Silverstone and Snetterton, where he was able to try out his new bike and get back to racing after a six-month absence due to the pandemic. He did well on both tests and improved his lap times in each session. He was the third fastest Yamaha at Silverstone and the second fastest Yamaha at Snetterton – so the future looks bright.
This year Harry begins his season at Donington Park in July and will travel across the UK to race on famous tracks such as Silverstone, Brands Hatch, Knockhill, Oulton Park, Thruxton and Snetterton.
Speaking of his love of racing, Harry said:
“When I’m on my bike, life has meaning. You can escape the world and it makes me feel free and calm and happy. Running is a way of life and it has helped me become a better person and more respectful of life and everything around me.
Harry said he was very lucky to attract the following sponsors who supported him and made his trip possible: Force One, Tru7 group, JS Cook, Washbrook Farm Motocross, Ultimate Workforce Ltd, Hanson, R&G, RST leather coveralls, Arai helmet, Sidi and Motul boots.