September 25, 2018
Red Bull Rookies
The Red Bull Rookies is one of the most competitive motorcycle series in the World and a fantastic opportunity for any young rider. It sees 24 of the World’s best up and coming riders pitched together on identical 250cc KTM motorcycles to race on the MotoGP support package. It provides the perfect opportunity for riders to show off their talents to the thousands of fans but more importantly the Moto3 teams and if their lucky enough, earn themselves a space on the grid for the following season.
Since it’s inauguration in 2007 this has been the case for several riders including the likes of Johann Zarco (MotoGP), Danny Kent (Moto2), Jakub Kornfeil (Moto3), Arthur Sissis, Florian Alt, Phillipp Ottl (Moto3), Livio Loi (Moto3), Lorenzo Baldassarri (Moto2), Brad Binder (Moto2) and the late Luis Salom. It has become the championship all scouts have their eyes on and for Max in 2019 he’ll be on their radar once again.
Max’s first year in the Rookies Cup was always going to be about securing a second season. He was visiting tracks he had never been to before and was constantly learning the bike at every circuit. This put him at a disadvantage to the twelve returning riders to the championship in particular, but of all the riders competing in their first season Max finished 6th which is not a bad effort at all!
Next season will now be about doing what he has shown potential to do this season and that is race right at the sharp end. Ending the season with a fastest lap in race two at Aragon was just one case for that. His top ten finish at Sachsenring was another and he would have improved on that at the Red Bull Ring if it weren’t for a late mechanical fault which saw him ruled unfit to race on Sunday.
His progression over each race weekend has been astonishing, often closing the gap to the leaders by a second or more between practice and qualifying. Next season however, Max will be one of the experienced riders and could be the sixth highest seeded driver which could make him a dark horse for the title!
Clearly the Red Bull Rookies Team have seen something in Max as has two times World Superbike Champion, Troy Corser, who was giving Max some advice at Aragon. It’s only a matter of time before a Moto3 team does the same.
Details of next years championship are limited thus far, but tracks that could feature on the calendar include Jerez, Le Mans, Mugello, Catalunya, Assen, Sachsenring, Brno, Red Bull Ring, Misano and Aragon. It’s expected to be another seven round championship with 24 riders on the grid!
More details will be posted on https://www.yrda.co.uk/later this year.
Images courtesy of Red Bull / G&G