May 16, 2019
British Talent Cup
So far the championship has visited Estoril and Valencia with Max scoring points at both rounds which currently leaves him 23rd in the standings. Although Max scored points at Valencia it was mostly a disappointing weekend after Max was taken out of race two on lap one and had to put on an impressive ride in race one, coming through the field, to earn his sole point from the weekend.
All of the above said Max has impressed the Junior Talent Team on his debut season in the series massively, currently achieving all targets that have been set as well as setting pace that places him inside the top ten. And it is the afore mentioned where Max will be aiming to finish on his debut at the French circuit this weekend.
As ever the shortened layout is what will be raced on, consisting of eleven corners the track sits at 4.1km in length and uses some of the World’s most renowned corners in Motorsport. The lap starts with the riders blasting around ‘Dunlop curve’ before entering the ‘Dunlop chicane’. It’s then a run downhill into the ‘La Chapelle’ hairpin where the lap will become unfamiliar to anyone who has only seen racing around the full ‘La Sarthe’ layout.
Two more hairpins lead us into a chicane before the twisty final section which ends in two ninety rights and takes us back onto the start/finish straight. It’s those final corners where so many MotoGP races have been decided over the years and is where Max may earn himself his first top ten finish of the season come the final lap.
Although there is plenty of mentions of hairpins and chicanes on the track it is very fast, arguably one of the fastest on the calendar, which will make for very close racing and will provide lots of opportunities for overtaking. Given how impressive Max has been at coming through the field this season it could suit him perfectly and help him beat his current best result of thirteenth place.
Max would have gained a lot of confidence off the back of his Red Bull Rookies performances at Jerez which saw him fighting for race wins at points in both races which led him to gain a career best result of eighth. At Le Mans this weekend is there going to be another career best result in store for the young Brit?
All races will be available to watch live via the FIM CEV YouTube channel at the following times:
Qualifying 1 – 11:00
Qualifying 2 – 15:05
Warm Up – 07:30
Race – 15:30