Dan Jones

Blog | Dan Jones winning on speed but not on nerves

Hello everyone,

First of all I had round three of the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup at Assen. And since then it's been all about bikes, here's how I've been getting on:

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The two free practices on Friday were steady for me. I know Assen well so I used this to my advantage, I relaxed during the two sessions and understood what was needed for a good pace at this track. With a few minor adjustments to the bike, I was happy with how it had gone and was ready for qualifying.

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Qualifying was very positive for me, I ended up in P8 and only 0.4 off of pole position. It was my joint highest qualifying position, but it was by far the closest I have been to the top since being in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup.

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Race 1 came to a disappointing end, I fell at turn 7 whilst pushing to catch the group ahead. I had a poor start which meant I had a lot of work to do, I pushed myself too far and lost the front. It was a fast crash and I badly bruised my elbow, but I was still ready to race the next day!

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Race 2 was a better race, finishing P10. My start was better but I didn't have the feeling I had in qualifying. My problem issue is I get nervous and it stops me from focusing on my race, if I can sort this problem I can make a huge step in my races.

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After Assen was the closing ceremony of Racing Steps Foundation. I am proud to have been apart of the foundation, I met great people and learnt valuable lessons throughout. It was sad to see the 10 years of hard work come to and end.

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Before Assen was round three of the British Superbikes at Knockhill. My brother rode in the Standard Moto3 class on a Wilson Racing Honda. It was a good weekend and I got to see my old racing friends.

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Now the focus is on Sachsenring for round four of the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup.

See you all soon,

Dan