September 20, 2019
Red Bull Rookies
The location for the final round of the season is Motorland Aragon. It’s one of Max’s favourite circuits which saw him set the fastest lap of the race when the championship visited the Spanish based circuit last year. It is also the largest on the calendar sitting at 5.3km and it’s number of long straights and high speed corners often provides for fantastic racing. It’s one track where a number of riders should be in with a chance in both races and Max has showed on more than one occasion this season his ability to time races very well.
Although it’s a track that has not always treated him well results wise, Max will be hoping to change the record books this weekend and end his Rookies campaign on the rostrum. Max gave himself a good chance to get back there at Misano last weekend. After a hard-fought ride saw him bring himself up to the lead group from no man’s land with six laps to play, only to receive a long lap penalty for track limits.
Max’s efforts were still rewarded with a points haul and eleventh place which leaves him on 70 points in eighth. Lorenzo Fellon in seventh sits on 93 points so the chances of catching the French rider are slim. It’s the riders behind Max will be concerned about with Billy van Eerde and local rider Marcos Uriarte both five points back. It’s certainly going to make for an interesting affair, if Rookies Cup wasn’t exciting enough already!
Although Max will be largely down on experience around Aragon to his European competitors, one thing that he may be pleased to see is the weather forecast. In dry practice conditions, today he has been quick going sixth across both practice sessions, but tomorrow the forecast suggests the riders will be hit with rain which will make for a very interesting first race.
It’s no secret Max is a big fan of challenging conditions as he has proved in both the Red Bull Rookies Cup and Moto3 Junior World Championship. There has been little to no wet weather racing in the Rookies Cup this season though, so it could throw a huge spanner into the works and provide some upsets, something Max will be hoping to be at the forefront of.
Wet or dry Max will be confident of some good results this weekend, he has already looked strong in practice. If Max’s pace from last year is anything to go by he may just be coming home with some silverware.
Live coverage of both races will be available via redbullrookiescup.com and redbull.tv
Race 1 – 15:20
Race 2 – 14:50