July 3, 2018
The weekend got off to a fantastic start for Josh qualifying 3rd out of the 81 competitors on Friday afternoon. The heats were where Josh would come across his first bit of bad luck for the weekend. After a 9th place and two victories he was looking to qualify well inside the top ten but a DNF in heat four stopped any chances of that happening immediately leaving Josh down in 19th on the grid for race one.
However, this would become a blessing in disguise as it would lead to Josh pulling off one of biggest wins ever! To win the race Josh knew he would need to get to the leaders before they got too far away. A tough task from 19th on the grid but with Josh up to 3rd in place in just three laps it suddenly became a possibility.
Once with the top two Josh took his first opportunity to pass Alexandru Iancu before doing the same to Karol Pasiewicz two laps later. Now in the lead of the race just eight laps in Josh had the tough task of trying to stay there which was not being made easy by Pasiewicz. The Polish driver in chase decided to play a patient game which led to a grandstand finish come the final lap of the race. Heading into the final corner Josh left the door open which almost cost him the win as Pasiewicz chucked one down the inside leading to a bit of wheel to wheel contact but it would be just a scare for Irfan on his way to an emotional victory!
It was a fantastic result for the Baby Race driver who followed it up with a successful test in OK Junior with a quickest time that would have seen Josh qualify on pole position in the Italian Championship.
Max secured his best results of the season at Assen with two points scoring finishes and an 11th place in race two of the weekend. The Assen circuit is a legendary venue amongst the motorcycle racing community and has staged some of the best races in the World. It’s hugely fast layout often see’s riders risking everything on every lap and the final chicane has often supplied the most dramatic of endings.
The weekend didn’t get off to the most impressive of starts with Max qualifying down in 19th. However, there were positives to take away from it with Max not picking up a tow in his best lap and despite this he lay just one second away from pole position.
Assen is known for providing races that involve a number of riders and this was the case in race one for Max as he was often at the forefront of the ‘chasing pack’. It was a battle that contained as many as ten riders with moves being made left right and centre. Unbeknownst to Max at the time this would become crucial knowledge for tomorrow, but for today it would be a 15th place finish and his second points scoring finish of the weekend.
Heading into race two Max would find himself further up the field this time battling for sixth in a seven-bike train. The nature of the circuit allowed for lots of overtaking with Max and his competitors constantly swapping positions. The 100,000 spectators packed into the circuit were being treated to a fantastic race and for Max he would come away very satisfied as he took his best result of the season with 11th place.
It was a race weekend that saw him learn a huge amount and will ‘make him stronger and faster going forwards’!