Max Cook chasing podium finish at Assen

June 27, 2019

Red Bull Rookies

After having a couple of weekends to rest Max Cook will return to Red Bull Rookies racing this weekend at the famous Assen circuit in Holland. Known as ‘The Cathedral’ of motorcycle racing, Assen is a circuit that never fails to disappoint when it comes to excitement. It’s infamous final chicane has been the subject of many controversial race finishes over the years and that is very likely to continue in the Red Bull Rookies this weekend.

Max has a great track record at Assen, on the championship’s visit to the circuit in 2018 Max took a double points finish with an eleventh place in race two. In the British Talent Cup he was even stronger with two podiums across the weekend taking the win in race two in a photo finish across the line. It went down as arguably the race of the season and Max will be hoping to repeat those results this weekend.

Assen is a very fast circuit and will no doubt provide an entertaining spectacle for the fans who will be piling in to watch the MotoGP. The 4.5km circuit starts with a slow first sector before going into the fast corners which continue all the way until the final chicane. Getting the first five corners right is crucial so that you are not left behind for the rest of the lap. 

As with many circuits this will all be about slipstreaming and being in the right place at the right time come the final lap. There will no doubt be fallers as risks are taken, but taking those risks can come big rewards as Max found out in his last corner move last year in the British Talent Cup.

Assen is a real racers circuit which Max certainly is and he is relishing the chance of returning to ‘The Cathedral’ this weekend! It provides a chance for Max to be able to show his full potential for the first time this season after being hit with misfortunes in the opening two weekends.

Jerez saw a ride through penalty in race one before Max finished eighth in race two. Then Mugello saw Max sick in his helmet and hit with two penalties as he battled through a stomach virus and gaul bladder infection.

Now refreshed and rejuvenated Max is ready to show what he is capable of in this championship and he is not ruling out a podium this weekend. Jerez proved he is quick enough to fight for the win and if he qualifies well that is exactly what he plans to do this weekend.

Max Cook: “I am very excited to be back racing in the Red Bull Rookies Cup this weekend! I have some really good memories at Assen and I know we can create some more this weekend. I was gutted with Mugello and the illness I was carrying throughout the weekend, it definitely stopped us fighting for a podium at least. This weekend, I hope to get the chance to do that, just like we did back at Jerez."

Both races will be available to watch via and

Full timetable: (UK Time)


Race One – 15:30


Race Two – 14:30