July 12, 2019
Moto3 World Junior Championship
The location for round five of the season will be Aragon in Spain where there will be just one race over the weekend which means there is going to be absolutely no margin for error in qualifying or the race itself! Having previously struggled Max has demonstrated he has got rid of any problems he has had in qualifying with two solid performances at Assen and Sachsenring.
Getting up the grid will be crucial for this round with slipstreaming a crucial part to any race at the circuit with it’s lengthy back straight leaving anyone out of range quickly in no man’s land. The layout is one of the largest in motorcycle racing stretching to an almighty 5km! The run from turn fifteen to turn one makes up a large majority of that with a fast sweeping turn sixteen splitting the two straights.
It means,similar to Sachsenring, being in the middle or even at the back of the pack will be an advantage on the last lap and as he did perfectly last weekend Max may ride a patient race and wait until the end of the race to make his move.
The rest of the circuit has a number of fast sections, split with very slow corners which should provide lots of chances to overtake. However, with the circuit so large and very fast it is also going to be hard on the tyre which gives even more reason to stay patient during the race.
The only risk you take doing this is the chance of a red flag which unfortunately caught Max out last weekend in race one and cost him the chance of what could have easily been two podium finishes.
Nevertheless, having come through a season filled with misfortunes Max finally had his chance on the rostrum and there is no better cure to confidence than that. Max finally proved to the MotoGP paddock what he could do and that should make him a changed rider this weekend and he even may be one everyone in the paddock is keeping an eye on.
Currently his best result of the season is thirteenth where he has finished on three occasions at Estoril and Barcelona. All have been from down the order and after setting the fastest lap on a memorable recovery ride at Le Mans Max showed he can be as quick as anyone in this championship.
Now having got a deserved podium in Red Bull Rookies can he achieve something similar in what is arguably an even tougher grid in the World Junior Championship? British fans will certainly be hoping so and with practice going well so far things are already looking very positive.
Max Cook: “I feel very confident coming into this weekend after last weekend’s result! Getting a podium in Red Bull Rookies was a big step forward for us and I am hoping to get another career best result in Aragon this weekend. I don’t want to get too carried away just yet as this is a very tough championship, but as long as we have no issues in qualifying I feel I will be able to put myself in a position to get a good result in Sunday’s race.”
All races will be available to watch live via the FIM CEV YouTube channel at the following times:
Qualifying Practice 1 – 08:00
Qualifying Practice 2 – 11:55
Warm Up – 09:00
Race – 12:00