April 4, 2019
Red Bull Rookies
In this article, we will be looking ahead at the 2019 FIM CEV Moto3 Junior World Championship, but be sure to stay tuned as we will preview the Red Bull Rookies season over the next few weeks!
Let’s begin by looking at the team Max will ride for, the British Talent Team. The Dorna backed outfit ran Tom Booth-Amos in 2018 who has since graduated to Moto3 for 2019 riding a KTM for the French outfit, CIP Green Power.
Now, Max is hoping to follow in his footsteps as he takes on the championship for the first time. In a huge field of over40 riders there will be some close racing, but Max has set his targets on progressing up the order over the course of the 2019. The season itself will take place over eight weekends with seven of those taking place in Spain/Portugal at tracks including Catalunya, Jerez, Aragon and Valencia. The highlight of the season will be a trip to Le Mans where the championship will feature of the MotoGP support package.
As for the grid, it is made up of familiar faces to both Max and the championship and contains some of the World’s best in Junior Motorcycle racing. Max is one often riders from the 2018 Red Bull Rookies Championship to be on the entry list which includes Vice Champion Deniz Oncu, along with the likes of Xavier Artigas, Carlos Tatay, Ryusei Yamanaka and Yuki Kunii. All top ten finishers in 2018!
There are also some of the top seeds from last season back for another shot at victory with three of the top finishers returning as well as seven riders from the European Talent Cup stepping up in the hope of going for victory. When you take that all in to context it’s quite straightforward that this is the going to unbelievably competitive season with future Moto3, Moto2 and MotoGP stars battling it out.
With the field so large and half the rounds including just one race doing well this season is largely going to come down to performances in qualifying. If you are not in the breakaway group at the start the race the chances of a good result become very slim and it’s not like making your way through the field is an easy task either!
Racing on a Honda, Max will be hoping to quickly settle in to the series and has the aim to take top ten finishes over the season and improve in pace at every round. However, the grid is unbelieveably strong and just getting into the top ten takes a huge effort!
Max will certainly be in safe hands as he is just one of five riders selected to race in Dorna’s Junior Talent Team. The outfit takes riders from both the British and Asia Talent Cup with Max the sole rider from the British Talent Cup to be invited to join the team in 2019. They come off the back of a strong season in 2018 after finishing in 5th and 6th in the championship giving Max a great target to aim for.
It’s going to be a big year Max and perhaps British Motorcycle racing in general giving the British fans something to cheer for. He’ll be hoping to do the nation and his team proud!