Dan Jones

Blog | Dan Jones reviews two great Rookies Cup seasons

Hello everyone,

The Aragon MotoGP was in fact my final round of my Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup career. So let's have a look at some of my best memories from 2017 and 2018!

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The picture above shows my first ever time on the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup KTM. My style was very unorthodox and I struggled a lot for pace.

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The first round showed this lack of pace, finishing respectively last in both races and being far off! I was disappointed but determined to show what I was capable of in the future!

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Step by step my style started to change, with the help of both rider coaches Dani and Gustl my style improved. I started to make my way in to the point scoring finishes.

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As I started to push harder, I hit a big problem mid way through the season. A broken right humerus meant I wasn't able to compete for the remainder of the season.

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Even with only doing 3 out of the possible 7 rounds, I really enjoyed my first season and was fortunate enough to receive another year.

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It was a long winter, of changes and work! But I came out the other side like a different person, focused and ready to take on the 2018 season!!

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The picture above shows my style improvement, this was at the Jerez test at the start of the season. My pace had improved by 2 seconds at the Jerez Circuit. My next step was to stop thinking about the riding and allow it to be more natural!

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The first round of the 2018 season was better again, after qualifying 8th I was full of confidence! But I struggled with nerves for the races! Nevertheless still taking another second off my lap times!

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Mid way through the season at Austria, I had hit a big low. After having a very disappointing weekend, I was trying too hard to try and turn my season around! All I could do was keep my head high and try again!

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At Misano it all changed, my preparation was second to non. Although I missed Misano in 2017, it felt as I had ridden it already. I was fast and relaxed, for the first time during my Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup career.

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All of this showed, with in my final couple of races bagging two 7ths in qualifying and under a second off the pole. And finishing P9 and P7, very close to a podium finish.

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I have no words for the support I have been given, and the opportunity of a life time. I got to travel Europe doing what I love, with the best team and machinery every round. All I can say is thank you!

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For anyone considering trying out for the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup in the future I would highly recommend it! You'll never regret trying your best!

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Dan