Former British champion Max Cook will make his debut in the Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship this season, supported by FS-3 Racing, Kawasaki’s official Bennetts British Superbike Championship team.
Cook returns to the Bennetts BSB paddock in 2021 after three years in the Red Bull Rookies and the Junior World Championship. The 2017 Motostar Moto3 standard class champion and British Talent Cup front-runner’s recent highlights include a Rookies podium at the Sachsenring and a best finish of fifth place at Aragon in the Junior World Championship Moto3 class.
18-year-old Cook will line up for 2021 on a Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R prepared by Nick Morgan at MSS Performance and operating out of the base, which Nick has created with Mark Smith-Halvorsen.
In addition to competing in the Junior Superstock class, Cook will be on standby as the FS-3 Kawasaki’s reserve superbike rider if required during the season. Whilst the Bennetts BSB team will also be supporting his younger brother, 13-year-old James Cook. After a promising eighth place finish in last year’s Honda British Talent Cup, he is now aiming for the podium and a top three finish in the 2021 championship on his Wilson Racing Honda.
Cook said: “I am so excited to be back competing in the UK with FS-3 Racing. I will have some great people behind me and cannot thank Nigel enough for the opportunity. I am really looking forward to racing a bigger bike after a number of years campaigning Moto3 bikes. Having an MSS Performance 600 Kawasaki prepared by Nick Morgan and benefitting from his technical input at the tracks means I will have no excuses. I am sure my experience racing in Europe will enable me to adapt quickly to a new bike in a very competitive class. It is good to know I will be back on familiar circuits competing for wins in 2021. I can’t wait to get going.”
FS-3 Racing have a reputation for supporting young talent and team owner Nigel Snook is delighted to be supporting another potential star of the future, he said: ‘’We have followed Max closely and supported his progress over the past four seasons, so when the opportunity arose, we were more than happy to support his return to the British Championship. For the past three years he has been competing against the fastest young riders in the world. With Nick Morgan preparing the bike and providing technical support, we know Max will have a competitive bike. There is no doubt in my mind that he has the right attitude and skills to make a real impact on the Superstock 600 Championship.”