August 12, 2019
Red Bull Rookies
After a podium at the Sachsenring last time out Max arrived in Austria full of confidence in the hope to repeat or perhaps better that result. Last year’s visit to the Red Bull Ring saw Max fight for the lead as he charged his way into the top ten before a brake problem saw him have a big off which saw him pick up injuries that would put him out of race two.
There was an element of unfinished business for Max who could have challenged for a podium finish in the latter stages of the afore mentioned race. With a podium now also under his belt Max had proven he is more than capable to race right at the sharp end.
However, there was not the fastest of starts to the weekend for Max who spent both free practice sessions getting a good feeling with the bike before everything clicked in qualifying with Max finishing the session in seventh place. Just half a second back from pole and two tenths back from a front row start Max had the pace to add to his podiums. That said he, along with the rest of the field, knew the nature of the Red Bull Ring was going to make the racing very difficult.
Max made a clean start to race one and with a rider up ahead jumping the start he was quickly running in a net sixth position in the early stages. However, problems would quickly emerge for Max who had geared the bike more for the slow corners in the hope of being able to keep good pace in the tow. Unfortunately, this was not the right way to go with Max being pushed to the back of the lead group.
As the laps ticked by Max would be faced with further problems as his bike began to overheat making his task of moving up from twelfth even harder. It was clear Max would have to be patient and wait until things really kicked off in the latter stages.
Later in to the race and problems for a couple riders had reduced the lead group to ten and with a suffering bike and not enough straight line speed to fight for positions Max would bring the bike home tenth place taking a good haul of points. It was a positive result given the problems Max had and left him confident going into race two.
Unfortunately for Max similar problems would creep up in race two as he was left vulnerable around most of the circuit and was only able to pass other riders on the brakes. It forced him to stay patient and keep himself with the leaders before making moves right at the end of the race.
With the lead group stretching all the way back to seventeenth, Max would eventually find himself at the tail end of the pack going in to the final ten laps. Max remained patient until the final five laps where he slowly started to make his move getting up to thirteenth with three laps to go.
However, despite being as high as twelfth progress was halted when Max was pushed down to sixteenth on the penultimate lap, but he was quickly back up to thirteenth heading on to the final lap!
As everything kicked off up ahead Max took advantage at turn three moving himself up to ninth place which is where he would go on to finish despite briefly running in eighth place. It was a brilliant result and better than Max should have achieved given what he had underneath him.
Overall it’s fair to say Max got the best out of the bike he could have done and two solid points scoring results have now moved him up to eighth in the championship. It keeps him in the battle for fifth in the championship with Max 22 points back with two rounds to go.
Max now goes in to a three week break before the season will end in a double header beginning at Misano on the 14th September, before heading to Aragon the following weekend for the season finale.