While Jack Hyde 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.
About the Asia Talent Cup Selection Event
Well the 30th of October is the registration day and a good chance to get familiarised with the Sepang go-cart track. Then, the 31st is the selection day with (as far as I know) about 20 riders in each group. Each participant rides 20 minute sessions to show their skills on a Honda CBR250. The best riders go on to the next sessions until there are 22 new riders selected for the 2019 Asia Talent Cup.
About me at the moment
For the past two years, my father and I have been living in Pattaya, Thailand.
The reason we ended up over here is because in late 2016, I was selected to compete in the Asia Talent Cup Selection Event and also so I could go to Thailand a week before, with a small group of Australians, where Colin Stoner gave us some coaching before we went to Malaysia.
That year, I was unsuccessful because I was too inexperienced. From being in Thailand that week, we saw how fast the riders were and how much easier it was to get on tracks and practice. So the following year (2017), my father and I decided to go back over there and play it year by year.
The first year was more the learning year – where I was riding on a Kawasaki 300 – and started racing in the Thailand Championship at Chang International Circuit (Buriram), Thailand Circuit and Bira International Circuit.
In my first race, my bike was very standard in an open class and from there, as I improved, and my bike got faster (with help from Stephen Nagle from SSS Motorcycles in Australia), I started to get closer to the times of the Thai riders. I won my first race in the wet but was still at a disadvantage being on the Kawasaki when the winning riders were on very fast Yamaha R3’s. In the last round of the year, I was approached by the Yamaha Hispeed Racing Team to ride with them this year in their team in the Yamaha R3 Thailand Challenge Cup and the 400 Open Class on an R3.
I started the year well, winning the first 4 races in the R3 Cup but then crashing out in the next two races. I’m now still leading, by only 7 points, with two races to go.
It has been a little more challenging in the Open 400 class though as I’m racing against very fast and very experienced riders but I’ve managed to get a few podiums but I’m still chasing a race win.
About me and Taree Motorcycle Club
I first started racing at the Old Bar Road circuit when I was 5 years old on a Pee Wee 50 and loved it! My last race there was the 2017 Troy Bayliss Classic in the Junior 250cc Class. I was a member at Taree Motorcycle Club for 9 years.
About my family and motorcycles
From a very young age, I remember being into motorcycles and was greatly influenced by my dad – and we even had the same race number #28. Most of my family members get to watch my races when they’re live streamed onto Facebook.
About the Future
I was planning on being back in Australia over the Christmas holidays – not knowing for sure where and what I’m racing next year.
At the moment, my sponsors are Yamaha Hispeed Racing Team, Chatham Smash Repairs, and, of course dad, but I’m definitely open for anyone else who wants to sponsor me.
Taree Motorcycle Club is proud to have had Jack as one of its members and thanks him for his time and effort in providing this interesting information.
The Club congratulates Jack on his achievements to date, including leading the 2018 Yamaha R3 Thailand Challenge Cup, and wishes him all the best in the Asia Talent Cup Selection Event on 30th and 31st October and the remaining races of the Thailand Cup this year.
We’ll continue to follow his career and if the opportunity presents itself, TMCC would be only too pleased to have Jack (and his dad) join us for “a ride” back on our Old Bar Roadside circuit sometime.
Any potential sponsors may like to follow Jack’s progress and decide to support him in his racing.
Image from Jack Hyde’s Facebook page.