July 21, 2019
Moto3 World Junior Championship
Conditions for the weekend were set to be extremely hot, particularly in practice with Max showing some impressive pace in the gruelling heat!
Going into the first of two qualifying sessions, Max knew a tow was going to be crucial to make a good lap time with the extremely long straights around Aragon. With 40 riders entered into the event it was going to be a busy circuit meaning getting a clean lap in was also going to be difficult with all riders looking to follow each other.
Unfortunately, Max found himself getting caught out in the opening qualifying session. He constantly found himself in a bad track position and was getting held up on his fastest laps, all of which led to mistakes which compromised his speed and left him down the order in 22nd at the end of first session.
Later in the same day Max had another qualifying session to try and climb up the order. It would be a tough ask as the hotter track conditions make it almost impossible to set a quicker time. However mid-session Max got himself into a decent track position and a great opportunity to push hard. He finished the session ninth overall and he was one of only five riders to improve their time from the first session. Once the fastest times from both sessions were put together Max was only able to move up to 20th which gave him a lot of work to do in Sunday’s race.
An incident at turn one immediately broke up the field and saw the top ten escape from the rest of the pack leaving Max in the battle for eleventh. Surprisingly the field would slowly begin to spread out over the first few laps which was making it more and more difficult to make positions.
However, Max had gained places from 20th to get up to seventeenth putting him in the battle for the points. Nine laps in to the race and Max had got there moving into fifteenth, but he was under huge pressure with everyone around desperate to take the place from him and the single point that goes with it!
It was not like watching a normal Moto3 race with the huge spread in the field making the battles smaller than they usually are and after three laps in the points Max dropped to sixteenth with three laps to go. Unfortunately, Max was not quite able to make it back into the points and would have to settle for position.
Not the result he had hoped for but Max left feeling positive having made yet more progress with the bike and with his riding. Being his first full season in the championship and the only rider from the UK, Max is learning more and more with each race and it is all key lessons to take into his future career.
Max Cook: “This was by far the hottest race weekend I have ever experienced and I was really pleased with my fitness as the heat didn’t affect me as much as I was expecting. I had a good result in Aragon last year with the rookies and after the great weekends I’ve had recently, I was hoping to take this into this weekend and get my best result with the Junior Talent Team. The race was hard and I got caught in a group racing for P15. It was frustrating as I couldn’t beak away, but this is something I need to work on going forward when I get to know the circuits better. Even though I haven’t come away with the result I wanted, there are some positives like getting qualifying right in the 2nd session and improving my understanding of the bike which I can take into the 2nd half of the season. Its just a long wait until the next round in September at Jerez”
Max now has three weeks until he returns to racing with the Red Bull Rookies for round five of the season at the Red Bull Ring!