The following is from Wrench Motorsports…
Nineteen-year-old Ethan Cook kickstarted his 2021 MotoAmerica season with Wrench Motorsports in fine style this week, topping the Official MotoAmerica Twins Cup Test at the Circuit of The Americas (COTA).
Cook, who only inked the deal within the past couple of weeks, used the multiple COTA sessions to adjust to his new steed, impressing at the rate in which he improved at the home of the U.S. Grand Prix.
Born and raised in San Diego, California, Cook started racing local motocross at age nine where he quickly progressed, traveling the country to compete in amateur national competitions, including the Loretta Lynn’s Amateur National, the Freestone JS7 Amateur National, and the Mammoth Motocross Series.
He made the move to tarmac in 2018 thanks to an opportunity from his mentor Bradley Ward. Initially riding a Kawasaki Ninja 400 with top 10 results racing the CVMA Race Series at Chuckwalla and podium finishes at the WERA Race Series the next couple of years saw Ethan competing in various national disciplines of racing, taking in various club championships including WERA, AFM, CVMA races in the California State, and in MotoAmerica’s Junior Cup class.
With the support and guidance from his mentors Bradley and Andrew Ward, and David Anthony, Ethan has also raced a Kawasaki ZX-10R in Chuckwalla’s CVMA race series, taking to it like a duck to water, achieving podium finishes in the premier classes that the series has to offer.
For 2021, he will race for Wrench Motorsports in the MotoAmerica Twins Cup Class, the season commencing at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta in Georgia at the end of April.
Ethan Cook: “It was a wet and foggy start at COTA and my first time riding the Twins Cup bike. We made a lot of changes on the first day, really just trying to get me comfortable. It dried out by the afternoon, and I was able to go faster almost immediately. We put some new tires in for the final session and were able to go even quicker. The second day went really well. I improved by over three seconds on my time from Day 1. It was pretty wet first thing. I went out on slick tires so didn’t really learn much. It dried up for the third session. We made some changes to the front forks and I felt really good. All in all, it’s been a good test. I am learning a lot and really getting on well with the team. They’re making me feel really welcome, and I can’t wait to get the season started.”