Nine months after the opening round of the 2020 ASBK season, Jacob Hatch was back on track for the season finale at Wakefield Park, the Aussie youngster taking part in both the Supersport 300 and R3 Cup Championships aboard his Yamaha R3.
Jacob’s racing return was significant, the #99 rider finally given the green light to ride from his surgeon after a six-month hiatus following a previous injury.
Having lost none of his racing ability Jacob was at the sharp end throughout Free Practice, eventually qualifying in tenth and fifth respectively for the two categories he was entered in. A crash put the brakes on Jacob completing the full racing weekend, but not before he had secured two top six finishes in the R3 Cup and fifteenth in the opening Supersport 300 encounter, despite an intermittent technical issue.
Despite the non-score in several races, Jacob goes into the winter break having finished a respectable twelfth overall in the ASBK Supersport 300 series and thirteenth in the R3 Cup. He will announce his 2021 plans later this week.
“It was a struggle since we first arrived at Wakefield Park but despite everything, I gave 100% and I was so happy to be racing again. I just tried to feel my way back into it in Free Practice because I hadn’t ridden for eight or nine months, but we found a problem with the bike which we couldn’t diagnose. It basically kept turning off at certain revs. I tried to ride around it, so I tried different lines and different gears in different corners, but it didn’t get any better. Nevertheless, we put in some respectable times in qualifying and I was ready to race. The bike cut out at the start of Race 1, but I brought it home in P15, not my best race I have to say. In the first R3 race I got stuck behind someone, I lost the lead group but was determined to do better in the next one. I made a good start in my third race and was with the lead group. I had a big moment, saved it but had lost the brakes so had to retire. The fourth race was better, and I had a real go and finished eighth. The final R3 Cup race we had fixed the issue and it was much better and I finished fifth, but I was able to race at the front. I knew I needed to get a good start for the remainder of the weekend but then it went wrong. I lunged for a gap that I thought was there and got the door closed on me and down I went. It’s a big shame as we could have had a great end to the season but that’s racing. Luckily, nothing was broken but I was ruled unfit for the rest of the weekend. Not how I wanted to go into the Christmas break but at least we were back racing and I have plenty of time to be fully fit for 2021. Thanks to everyone at ASBK for putting on the final round – see you next year!”