This week’s bLU cRU Oceania Junior Cup (OJC) Profile we look at New South Welshman #17, Hunter Diplock, who resides in the Hunter Valley.
Fifteen-year-old Hunter, who describes himself as honest, hardworking and curious, started racing his 2016 Yamaha 300cc bike mid-season in 2018 and had very little competition experience prior to joining the OJC series.
Hunter, who’s interest for motorcycles was passed on by his mother, has learnt the meaning of dedication and determination whilst participating in his other two passions, Boxing and Triathlons. Ongoing training for these two sports has helped Hunter remain humble and strengthened his commitment to the OJC series.
Humble Hunter, who continuously displays great sportsmanship off and, on the track, is thrilled with being part of the OJC series and gives us his run down on how and why he fell in love with two-wheel racing.
Tell us about the first time you hopped on a motorcycle.
The first time that I actually rode a bike was when I was about 10-years-old. My mum got a little farm bike for me and I used to race it around the backyard-that’s when I first knew I wanted to race.
Tell us about where your love for motorcycle racing began and why?
The first time I hopped on a motorcycle that I can remember was when I was five-years-old, my mum sat me on her old ZZR 250cc race bike. As a family we all used to tag along with mum to the racetracks and watch her race.
What career do you hope to end up in? For example, WSBK or MotoGP racer?
My race dreams would be to make a career out of Road Racing, no matter where I ended up, I’d be happy. Ultimately, I’d love to make it to the MotoGP level.
Tell us who your sporting idol is. How have they impacted your dedication to sport?
My idol is Casey Stoner, he was incredible on and off the track. He was one of our local riders and he managed to make it to MotoGP and become one of the best.
What have you learnt from the bLU cRU Oceania Junior Cup?
I hadn’t competed in Road Racing prior to the Oceania Junior Cup and I have now gained so much more experience, especially with close racing and slip streaming.
We have also learnt the true meaning of sportsmanship along with the importance of sponsors, marketing and media and how to do this for ourselves. The whole experience has been awesome!
Tell us about your bike, helmet, leathers, gloves and boots. How are you adjusting to the new bike? How do you find the products that have been chosen specially for you?
I’m fortunate enough to ride a Yamaha R15 which is fantastic, I really enjoy learning new skills on it.
My Ricondi leathers and gloves are great, I love the way they fit, both are very comfortable in all conditions. My TCX boots and AGV helmet are awesome.
I really appreciate the sponsors contribution to the OJC class and keeping us safe because we couldn’t do it without them.
We will release profiles from the class of 2019 each week, so be sure to stay tuned on your favourite star by heading to ASBK.com.au and following the bLU cRU Oceania Junior Cup Facebook page!
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