September 13, 2018
Red Bull Rookies
The Misano circuit strikes many similarities to the Assen circuit which the championship visited earlier in the season. Stretching 2.6 miles in length it is full of long straights and high speed corners, polished off with big braking zones that provide plenty of overtaking opportunities. On the surface this was going to be a track that provided lots of slipstreaming and most likely a big fight for the lead.
It was that fight that Max set his sights on for this weekend. Once in that group as with all racing anything can happen.
As ever Max was facing a completely new challenge with the Misano circuit and would have to learn fast with limited time in Practice before Qualifying. However, it was a track Max was immediately comfortable with and he was going quicker with every single session.
In Qualifying Max got the session off to a great start setting a time of 1:46.387. A brilliant way to begin and already in a good rhythm things only looked to be getting better! However, lap seven would throw up drama as Max took a trip to the gravel going into the heavy braking turn eight which lost him a huge amount of time in the session! Once back on circuit getting back into any kind of rhythm was almost impossible and Max’s time earlier in the session would remain his fastest leaving him in 14th place overall. Not ideal, but impressive considering the circumstances.
Starting on the fifth-row Max’s goals for the race had not changed and he made a good start to the race fighting hard to move up to 12th place in the first two sectors. Seeing the leaders were just starting to break away Max pushed a bit too hard on cold tyres and went wide through the penultimate corner which led to a high side and left Max in the gravel.
By the time Max had got the bike going and got it back to the pits his race was already over in terms of going for points. But a fantastic job by the team saw Max back in the race within two laps and gave him the chance to carry on in front of the huge amount of spectators and ride for pride!
Max eventually brought the bike home in 16th place setting some strong lap times in clear air. Although the result was not satisfying the progress on track was and Max was able to learn from his mistakes ahead of the last round in Aragon.
Max won’t have to wait long before he is back out in the Red Bull Rookies for the last time in the 2018 season with the trip to Spain just one week away. The aim will be nothing less than finishing with his best result of the season and Max will be looking to end what has been an incredible journey on a positive note.
Josh Irfan had a brilliant result out in Adria at the Rok Cup Finals finishing 2nd out of 51 drivers! Racing in the super competitive Mini Rok class for just the second time Josh got his weekend off to a great start Qualifying 5th place ahead of the heats. Josh followed that up with two 2nd place finishes and a win before finishing 2nd in the Final.
Luke Whitehead – DNF & DNF
A weekend to forget for Luke! After taking two 5th place finishes in the heats Luke was running 4th in Final One before an incident ended his race immediately and his luck would unfortunately be repeated in Final Two.
Ivan Lomliev – 2nd & DNF
Ivan had been going strong all weekend and after a fantastic move saw him take a comfortable lead early in Final Two, he was unfortunately hit with a terminal mechanical problem which took him out of the race on lap two.
Vinnie Phillips – 7th & 9th
Vinnie had a crucial result at GYG with his two top ten finishes taking him into the top ten in the championship standings. With now just one round to play Vinnie has a strong chance in finishing the season with a seeded number.
Luke Watts –20th & 15th
Luke was never quite given the chance to show his true pace at GYG running into problems all weekend which eventually resulted in him fighting for 15th place in the second race.
Jodie Fieldhouse put in an impressive performance at Silverstone for the latest round of the Hel Performance British Motostar Championship recovering from an unfortunate Qualifying to finish 13th and 12th in tricky conditions!