Jacob Hatch kickstarted his 2021 season in fine style at Winton Raceway this past weekend, the Demmery Motorsports rider competing in the opening rounds of the Supersport 300 and Yamaha R3 Cup series, supporting the ASBK (Australian Superbike Championship).
Improving his lap times throughout Free Practice on Friday, the #99 rider qualified on the second row of the grid for both the R3 Cup and Supersport 300.
With three races per category, it was a busy weekend for the talented teen who claimed a sixth and a maiden ASBK championship podium on Saturday afternoon. After the highs of the opening race day of the year came what the youngster himself described as character building races on Sunday. A few small mistakes meant a couple of crashes and a couple of off-track moments, but nevertheless the #99 was able to salvage some points.
Round 2 of the 2021 ASBK series takes place next month at Wakefield Park, New South Wales.
“I was happy with qualifying; the opening session was good, and I was close to the front row in P4, but the session was red flagged. The times were close, and it was good to make it onto the second row. I finished sixth in the first Supersport 300 race of the weekend. I made a horrible start but was able to catch the leading group but then I made a mistake and lost my rhythm. I calmed down and was happy to finish sixth and take the points. The first R3 Cup race was wet, but the track wasn’t wet enough to run full wet tyres. I was leading for a bit but was losing a bit on top speed. I gave it everything but, in the end, finished second which is good for the championship and good for my confidence. I feel that even though Sunday saw a few crashes, I have found the limit and overall, it’s a step in the right direction for me with learning how to ride and race at the front. I want to thank all my sponsors and Demmery Motorsports – See you all at Round 2!”