September 16, 2019
Red Bull Rookies
Last weekend saw the return of the Red Bull Rookies Cup, after it’s summer break it was back for two quick fire rounds to end the 2019 season. The Misano circuit in Italy would be first stop, named after the late Marco Simoncelli it often provides fantastic racing and gets up to 100,000 people through the gates on a MotoGP weekend.
With just one race, Max’s aim was ultimately to continue his push for another podium, whilst ensuring a clean finish to keep him eighth going into Aragon. Plans to do that got off to a great start, once bedded back in to the circuit Max was able to put himself eighth on the grid for the one and only race of the weekend.
From the middle of row three Max didn’t get the best of runs off the line which left him vulnerable going into the first corner. Sensible riding would see Max limit the damage to just three positions lost through the first sector, before eventually finishing the opening lap in twelfth place.
Certainly no disaster, Max was now setting about keeping with the lead group to ensure he would still be in the fight for a top five finish at the end of the race. On lap two Max got himself up to eleventh, but it wasn’t all good news as the lead nine riders had now created a gap to the rest of the field which would be tough to overcome for Max sat second in the chasing group.
As Max continued to exchange place with those around him ahead the leaders had now separated in to two groups which all came as good news to Max. With twelve to go Max was back into eleventh and had started setting off after the top ten and it didn’t take him to get there! He quickly disposed of Dupasquier and now had his eyes on ninth.
However, despite Max dropping the riders behind the gap to the top nine was extensive but working with Dupasquier the pair would eventually catch and pass Aji putting Max back into tenth. With Aji previously losing touch to the lead group Max once again found himself with chasing to do and he faced that frustrating situation of being so close, yet so far.
But as ever Max did not give up and his hard work was eventually rewarded with just six laps remaining as he joined the back of the lead queue in tenth place. After lots of hard work Max had now put himself in within a chance of a brilliant finish, but all that hard work would sadly come undone after Max received a long lap penalty with just five laps to go for exceeding track limits.
It was a huge shame and put Max well off the back of the lead group in no man’s land in eleventh. Max’s only chance of making any positions back was if any riders ahead would fall but with that not happening Max would be forced to settle for positon and take home a good haul of points.
The result sees Max stay eighth in the standings with just one round to go at Aragon this weekend. It’s a case of what could have been but still leaves Max in a good position in the championship. Realistically eighth is the highest where Max will finish overall unless there are some disasters for the riders ahead, but Max’s main aim in Spain will be to end the season on a high and possibly on the podium!