July 4, 2019
Red Bull Rookies
The circuit has hosted the German Motorcycle Grand Prix since 1998 regularly pulling in crowds of over 200,000 so there’s likely to be a big crowd for this weekend’s race. Sitting at 3.7km in length the track provides huge elevation changes and will be particularly hard on the tyres with a series of fast sweeping left hand corners forming a large section of the circuit.
The track starts with a slow and very technical first sector which throws up the opportunity for mistakes as well as overtaking. Once through the right hander of turn four there are seven left handers in a row! All are very fast and include a gradual decline downhill, which is where the tyres are really going to suffer and that could be a big factor throughout the weekend.
Out of turn 12 is when the speed really picks up as the riders fly downhill through the infamous“Waterfall” into the final two corners, both big overtaking opportunities. As always, slipstream is going to be a huge factor in this race. Max will have to monitor when to push and when to be patient as well as keeping himself in contention of what could be an intense battle for the podium.
Max proved at Assen that he can be the fastest rider after setting the fastest lap, which helped him catch the leading group and fight for a podium. But Max will not be planning on doing that this weekend, it is a track he loves riding and he is focused on running at the front all weekend and taking the next step up onto the podium.
Although the opening two rounds of the season may have been full of misfortunes, Max’s season feels like it’s begun and if he picks up where he left off at Assen there’s no doubt he will be contesting right at the sharp end in both races this weekend.
Both races will be available to watchvia redbullrookiescup.com and redbull.tv
Race One – 16:00
Race Two – 14:20