Not an unusual story, Hanro's racing start. "My Father was racing for 4 years in our Superbike Regional events from 1998 to 2003 and when he stopped (my Mom said he must, when my brother was born) I was just big enough to start riding a JP50 quad bike that my Dad bought me. I guess we can say 'Like father like son', we always went riding on my Fathers Yamaha R1 & Bombardier DS650 and my grandfathers Kawasaki Z1R. When my Father stopped racing he sponsored other riders and we always went together to the racing events, that is where my interest started, I have been surrounded by motorcycles since I can remember."
He already has a good deal of great memories, like his favourite race. "My second year in the CBR150 Cup, the last race of the 2011 season. I only needed to finish the race to secure the championship, but I won the race by a 31sec lead... " And last year. "The last race of the season at Red Star Raceway. I missed out on four races for the season, two being overseas for the Red Bull Rookies Cup Selection. I had to win to gain maximum points to win the championship. Going into the last lap I was in third position, the only chance I had to make a move was on the second last corner. I planned it, made my move and overtook both riders to win the race on a high note and secure the championship with 11 points."
The family support has continued all the way through. "Besides my father who made this opportunity possible, my grandfather is one of my biggest supporters and only missed one race when he had a knee operation in November 2013. Otherwise my brother Rohan, who was racing in the NSF100 class, is my second biggest supporter, he is also a champion in his own class. My brother, 11years old, will compete this year in the CBR 150 Cup with my bike, while I will be competing in the Red Bull Rookies Cup. My Mother is always worried that I may get injured, but also gives me as much love and support as needed."
And going forward. "We had to make a serious decision for the 2014 season as far as my racing is concerned. Competing internationally is not only expensive but being overseas for most of the year have its consequences, I have to work for example extra hard with my school studies, but it can be overcome with hard work, lots of determination and having a vision and goals I have set for myself to become a MotoGP legend, like Valentino Rossi and Casey Stoner, that will be my driving force to achieve the ultimate level in my racing career. I also want to bring people closer together and build lasting relationships and make a difference."
As for the race tracks he is looking forward to, "Fast and flowing tracks, coming out of a long sweeping corner into a tight hairpin..."
Hanro is not afraid of hard work and put a lot of effort into school where his favourite subjects are, Nature Science, Technology and Mathematics. Away from the desk he is also giving it 100%. "I enjoy exercising and really can't have a day passing without, so apart from racing that is still the most favourite thing to on my list. Otherwise I enjoy my PlayStation (Especially MotoGP 2013), riding my mountain bike and improving my wheelie record and skills for example one hand & downhill wheelies without paddling using just my balance...
I love playing my acoustic & electric guitars and play the new music lessons from my teacher." Of course racing is a big focus and his heroes are Troy Baylis, Valentino Rossi, Casey Stoner and Marc Marques. He will putting that focus into the Rookies Cup for 2014 and knows what he wants to do. "To start my Rookies Cup career with flying colours, make use of every opportunity to gain as much as possible knowledge through every experience, learn the tracks and make new friends."
He is clear that winning is the main aim but not the only thing. "Definitely achieving not only my own goals, but also my teams and making my sponsors proud. See my friends and family being happy and enjoying the good moments together. Winning is not everything, it was good for me to get third places for example just to appreciate that number one spot on the podium so much more. The bike setup is always crucial I lost or crashed out of races due to tyre pressure not being spot on for example, it takes two to tango and the rider, bike setup is crucial to walk away as a winning team at the end of the season..."
"I want to set the bar high for myself and become a MotoGP legend, this can only be done having opportunities like being a Red Bull Rookie, making use of every moment and take nothing for granted."