Jack Hyde is one of the one-hundred and seventeen (117) riders, including thirteen (13) young Australians, invited to the 2019 Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup Selection Event at Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia on the 30th and 31st October 2018.
Those riders invited were shortlisted from more than four-hundred and fifty (450) Asia and Oceania candidates.
The Selection Event will take place ahead of the season finale of the 2018 Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup at the same venue.
mcnews reported that each applicant must demonstrate their skills and riding ability at the Selection Event, after which the selection committee will analyse all the data and ultimately determine the final riders chosen to participate in the 2019 Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup – as well as a list of reserve riders.
While Jack and his father, Tony (an accomplished motorcycle rider himself), are currently living in Thailand, Taree Motorcycle Club Vice-President, Samantha Pauline-Lennon, contacted Jack and via an email exchange, Jack provided her with details of the upcoming event and his motorcycle racing to date.
Jack advised that the 30th October is the registration day for the Selection Event and provides the riders with the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the Sepang track. The 31st is the selection day where each participant rides 20 minute sessions to show their skills on a Honda CBR250 and the best riders go on to the next sessions until there are 22 new riders selected for the 2019 Asia Talent Cup.
In 2016, Jack was also selected to participate in the Asia Talent Cup Selection Event and prior to the event, he was part of a small group of Australians coached by Colin Stoner (father of two-time MotoGP champion, Casey Stoner).
While Jack was not selected that year, he commented that he was too inexperienced but he saw how fast the riders were and how much easier it was to get on tracks and practice in Thailand.
The following year (2017), saw Jack and his father return to Thailand and Jack raced a Kawasaki 300 in the Thailand Championship at Chang International Circuit (Buriram), Thailand Circuit and Bira International Circuit.
As Jack improved and his bike became faster, with assistance from Stephen Nagle from SSS Motorcycles in Australia, Jack closed in on the times of the winning Thai riders – who were on Yamaha R3s – and he won his first race in the wet.
In the last round of the year, Jack was approached by the Yamaha Hispeed Racing Team to ride with their team in 2018 in the Yamaha R3 Thailand Challenge Cup and the Open 400cc Class.
Jack started 2018 by winning the first 4 races in the R3 Thailand Cup and after crashing out in the next two races, he was still leading – by 7 points – with two races to go.
He commented that it is more challenging in the Open 400 Class racing against very fast and very experienced riders but that he had managed to get a few podiums but was still chasing a race win in that class.
Jack started racing at the Taree Motorcycle Club’s Old Bar Road circuit when he was 5 years old on a Pee Wee 50 and he said, he “loved it”! Jack’s last race at the TMC track was at the 2017 Troy Bayliss Classic in the Junior 250cc Class. Jack was a member of Taree Motorcycle Club for nine (9) years.
Jack was greatly influenced by his dad, Tony – even having the same race number #28 as him.
Jack also made mention of his sponsors – Yamaha Hispeed Racing Team, Chatham Smash Repairs and his dad – and that he is open for anyone else who wants to sponsor him.
Taree Motorcycle Club Secretary, Barry Evans, spoke to Danny Berry of Chatham Smash Repairs on Wednesday about Jack. Danny has known Jack and Tony for many years and has been proudly sponsoring Jack for the last three years. Danny feels it is important to support young local sportspeople when you can and he thinks Jack’s going really well and has the potential to make it.
As far as the immediate future, Jack is planning on being back in Australia over the Christmas holidays but as yet, he doesn’t know for sure where and what he’ll be racing next year.
Taree Motorcycle Club is proud to have had Jack as one of its members and congratulates him on his achievements to date, including leading the 2018 Yamaha R3 Thailand Challenge Cup. The Club wishes Jack all the best in the Asia Talent Cup Selection Event on 30th and 31st October and for the remaining races of the R3 Thailand Challenge Cup and the Open 400cc Class.