Chinese rider Hunter Su has returned to his home in Spain after what can only be described as a stunning debut weekend racing in China. Su who is the only full time Chinese racer learning his craft within the Moto3 Junior World Championship in Europe was racing in the 3rd round of the Chinese Superbike series aboard an R6 Yamaha in the Superstock category.
Having started his road race career on a 600cc, it was like Hunter had never been away from the powerful four stroke machines, qualifying 8th before bagging a top 6 finish on his Superstock debut, much to the satisfaction of his BiaoFeng team.
Avoiding a snake that was in the middle of the track was one challenge he faced but at the end of the weekend, Su had a lot to be proud of. He also began to reflect on his 2017 season and look ahead to the future.
“I was lucky that one team from the Chinese Superbike series invited me to race their stock600 machine for round 3 at the Ordos International Circuit. I had never ridden in China before and it was a great opportunity that I just had to accept. I was a little afraid of how soon I would be able to get back to speed after the injury on my shoulder and spine this year. The team prepared a 2012 R6 for me, which I was really happy with. After the two free practice days I was already running a good lap time. I qualified 8th for my first 600 race and in race one I had a good start, but with the lack of experience on the bigger bike I was only able to fight for the 7th position. Race 2 I had a lot of confidence and I fought my way into the top 5. Unfortunately there was a snake on the track that made me run wide, but I was able to secure the position. It was a great choice for me to visit this championship and get to know the racing in my own country for the first time. I felt really welcomed during the race weekend, it really felt like home. Thanks to FeiGan sports, LianYuan Real Estates for this awesome opportunity, and thanks Team BiaoFeng for the hard work. I really had fun and cannot wait to come back again!”
After such a positive weekend, Hunter has made the decision to withdraw from the FIM CEV Repsol Moto3 Junior World Championship, and focus on being fully fit for an assault somewhere in Europe on a 600cc machine in 2018. He takes this opportunity to thank PromoRacing and all those that have contributed to his 2017 campaign and naturally wishes them all the very best for the future!
“After jumping back on a 600 after 3 years has made me evaluate what route to take with my career. It was a really wise decision spending 3 years on the smaller chassis and to take the steps that I haven’t done but after enduring several crashes this year, my 111 management team and I have made a decision of retiring from the Moto3 Junior World Championship, spending some time to fully recover and preparing for the move up to the 600 class next year. We will still be aiming for a competitive championship in Europe, most likely the European or Copa de Espana Superstock 600 championships. Thanks a lot to my team Promo Racing for the great learning year, you have taught me a lot. Thanks Nadaltech 111 Management team for the great service. Thanks Arai Ber Racing Europe for protecting my head. And thanks all the families and friends for the never ending support! See you all next year!”