November 12, 2019
Moto3 World Junior Championship
It was a weekend that couldn’t have gone much better for Max at Valencia. His personal best result was made even better with news he’ll be back again after his impressive progress throughout the 2019 season. In his first season racing in Europe alone it was a big step up for Max but he’s come on leaps and bounds in 2019 all proved with his 11th place at the weekend.
After a disappointing run in the second half of the season a good end was critical for Max to help carry some momentum into 2020. With the Moto3 grid heavily dominated by Spanish riders racing at Valencia was always going to be a difficult challenge, but Max showed good pace earlier this season only to be caught up in first lap incidents.
Max showed he was more than capable to finish the season with some points after impressive pace in qualifying. Although he was 20th place overall he was within a second of pole position and was just 0.1 seconds away from a top 15 finish.
It was an encouraging start and as ever Max would only move forward come the races. As ever the Moto3 class would not fail to entertain and Max quickly found himself in a huge fight for a points finish. As the laps ticked by Max got into a five way battle for 14th place with points being awarded to the top 15 riders.
It meant Max would have to get towards the front and stay there and in a photo finish Max would just miss out on 14th by 0.013 seconds! It was a hard-fought race and put Max in the points in 15th for the first time since Barcelona back in June.
Race two would be a similar story albeit with an even better outcome! Max kept himself in the fight all the way through picking up places where possible and taking advantage of incidents up ahead. His pace was on par with the leaders and it left him in the fight for 9th place going onto the final lap.
Max did pick off one rider in the group he was in on that final lap which left him in 11th place by the flag. Although just whiskers away from a top ten finish it was still Max’s best finish of the season and a fantastic way to wrap up 2019.
To make the weekend even better Max has been confirmed to stay in the Junior Talent Team line up for the 2020 Moto3 Junior World Championship! With a year of experience now under his belt its set to be an exciting season as Max continues to cement himself into the World stage and edge ever closer to his goal of racing in the Moto3 World Championship.
Sam Wilford will make it two YRDA riders in the FIM CEV Championships after his recent confirmation of a first full season in the Moto2 European Championship. Sam has made a handful of appearances throughout this season and ended his year with a 22nd place at Valencia as he now heads into a crucial winter break.
After qualifying 29th place Sam made good progress in the one and only race of the weekend moving up to 22nd in the race. Having missed the earlier round at Valencia Sam was playing catch up all weekend and treated the season finale as further preparation for his full assault next year.
The IDWE Racing rider is the only Briton in the field and his lack of experience at European level puts him at an immediate disadvantage to the rest of the field. But his 13th place at Jerez proved he is capable of scoring points and potentially fighting for top ten finishes and all attentions will now focus on what is set to be Sam’s biggest season of his career!