April 25, 2019
Red Bull Rookies
Round one saw Max make his debut in the championship with the Junior Talent Team on their 2016 Factory Honda. Max showed tremendous pace, particularly on Friday where he started the weekend finishing fourth in practice. The weekend saw the 36 riders faced with tricky conditions on Sunday, but Max did exactly what the team had hoped for scoring points in a hard fought race!
Valencia will certainly provide an opportunity to do the same again with top ten finishes now the aim for Max. The track is not unfamiliar for Max who raced there late last year with the British Talent Cup where he took a superb victory in race one. That result should give Max confidence coming into the weekend although he certainly won’t be expecting similar fortunes this time around.
One thing that became clear in Estoril was the importance of qualifying. Given the size and quality of the field it can become a huge factor come the race and for Max it helped in his achievement of scoring points even after some misfortunes at the start of the race.
Those misfortunes did allow Max to show his great race craft, something that anyone who has raced him in the past would have known about already. Max demonstrated he was not afraid to get his elbows out as he worked his way back through to thirteenth pulling off some great moves in the process.
This weekend should see some fantastic racing provided by Moto3. With clear weather expected all weekend the circuit provides lots of overtaking opportunities along with fast and flowing corners which should keep the pack close together. Max will be hoping to attach himself to that group and do exactly what he did at round one.
For Max the goal at Valencia is clear. Progression is key in any championship and having just missed out on a top ten finish at round one he will be looking to take top ten finishes in both races this weekend.
Max Cook: “Round one was a big learning experience for me which I will be taking into round two in Valencia. I have a much better understanding of the paddock, my competitors, the team and my bike so I feel good going into this round. It’s been a full on few weeks since Portugal as I’ve been revising hard for my GCSE’s next month, but I’ve also been able to prepare for this race well with my trainer and coaches to make sure I’m ready. I’m looking forward to getting back on the bike and seeing the team, if I can come away with a couple of top ten finishes I’ll be really happy!”
All races can be watched LIVE on the FIM CEV Repsol YouTube Channel
Free Practice 1 – 10:40
Free Practice 2 – 14:00
Free Practice 3 – 17:20
Free Practice 1 – 11:15
Free Practice 2 – 15:10
Qualifying Practice 1 – 11:15
Qualifying Practice 2 – 15:10
Warm Up – 09:10
Race 1 – 11:00
Race 2 – 14:00