May 2, 2019
Red Bull Rookies
For those unfamiliar with the Red Bull Rookies championship it is a known proving ground and stepping stone for those preparing themselves for an eventual step into the Moto3 paddock. Since it’s inception in 2007 it’s champions include the likes of Johann Zarco (MotoGP rider), Jakub Kornfeil, Lorenzo Baldassarri, Florian Alt, Jorge Martin and most recently Can Oncu.
All of the above have gone on to race in Moto3 with some progressing on to Moto2. Martin is even the reigning Moto3 World Champion proving the talent that is in the Red Bull Rookies field. There’s no doubt Max is amongst a paddock of riders who will progress up the ranks and he is hoping to be one of those names to add to the Red Bull Rookies hall of fame.
The championships’ success of sending talent into the MotoGP support classes comes from the fact the riders have the chance to race in front of the Factory teams and showcase their talent. Not only that, but with everyone on exactly the same equipment it becomes a level playing field with track knowledge and experience the only thing to help the riders get more of an edge.
Max’s 2018 campaign was full of ups and downs but he showed on more than one occasion that he could fight for top five finishes with particularly strong performances at Red Bull Ring and Sachsenring. Coming into the season Max is the fifth highest seed of the eight retuning riders behind Carlos Tatay, Yuki Kunii, Barry Baltus and Adrian Huertas. But his eighth place at Sachsenring saw him beat all the above proving that on Max’s day he can be as quick as anyone.
The Jerez circuit is a familiar starting point for the season and last year Max got his Red Bull Rookies career off to a good start with a thirteenth-place finish in race one. The 4.4km track always provides fantastic racing in the motorcycle classes and it’s fast and flowing layout will certainly keep the KTM’s close together and provide classic Red Bull Rookies racing.
For Max his goals for this weekend will be all about getting his season off to a good start. With two races scheduled in as ever two top ten finishes would be a very satisfying start to pick up a good set of points to take into the next round at Mugello. After the pace Max has shown in the Moto3 Junior World Championship this year, there’s a very good chance he can do that.
You can read Max’s blog ahead of Jerez on the Red Bull Rookies website here - https://rookiescup.redbull.com/article/blog-max-cook-racing-two-ktms-season
Live TV Coverage - https://rookiescup.redbull.com/event/jerez-19
Race 1 – 17:00
Race 2 – 15:30