June 6, 2019
Red Bull Rookies
After suffering from a stomach virus and gaul bladder infection last weekend it was a surprise Max was even able to race let alone come home tenth on track. With a few days to recover Max will need all his energy this weekend with a new circuit to learn and two important races ahead.
This season so far has been one of ‘what could have been’ for the Junior Talent Team rider. Problems in qualifying have been a major cause for this and in his post-race Le Mans interview Max said it was this he will be focusing on changing going forwards. With three points scoring finishes so far Max currently sits 24th in the standings, but after his Le Mans performance it’s clear he has the pace to be twenty places higher!
Before qualifying gets underway Max will need to get his head around this very tricky Barcelona circuit. Sitting just over 4.5km long, the fourteen corners provide a mixture of challenges for the riders. The long sweeping corners will be hard on the tyre and provide the risk of a costly mistake whilst the slow hairpins and chicanes create big overtaking opportunities.
It’s layout could see a break in the field very quickly so qualifying is going to be as important as ever to get a good result and despite the results of late Max will be hoping to get inside that top ten for the first time this season. Having recently scored a career best result of eighth in the Red Bull Rookies Cup, Max will be hoping to do the same and beat his best result of thirteenth from Estoril.
It’s been a tough few weeks for Max with everything seemingly going against him. But through it all he has never given up, never let his head drop and he’s carried on putting in impressive performances. He deserves a bit of luck and if nothing is to go against him at Barcelona there could be another personal record to shout about for the Brit.
Max Cook: “I’m very excited to be making my debut at Barcelona this weekend. It is a fantastic circuit and it looks like a very challenging one too! I believe I’ve showed the capabilities to score big points so far this season but have yet had the chance to do so. The Junior Talent Team have been fantastic and worked so hard this season and this weekend I want to get a result we all deserve.”
All races will be available to watch live via the FIM CEV YouTube channel at the following times:
Qualifying Practice 1 – 09:40
Qualifying Practice 2 – 13:00
Warm Up – 08:00
Race 1 – 10:00
Race 2 – 13:00