Recently I've been to Estoril with the Dutch Racing Team where the fifth race of the FIM Moto3 Junior World Championship was being held.
This weekend was featured by heavy winds what made it quite hard for us riders. Despite that fact it went quite well, I was able to fight for the eighth position during the race and in the end I finished thirteenth.
This meant that I scored my first points and the first ones for the Dutch Racing Team in a year and a half.
With a good feeling from this result I went to Brno. However, I had quite some misfortune here. Not only the constantly changing weather conditions were the reason it was a tough weekend, on Friday I crashed in the first free practice which made me lose almost the entire session and some very important track time.
The second free practice went pretty well, the lap times became better and better as time went by and I started with a pretty good feeling in the qualification. Also during this session I felt good, and even though I didn't do a perfect lap, I managed a lap that brought me to P10. Unfortunately I had another crash at the end, which made me lose a few places and I went down to P14.
On Saturday we rode the race under dry conditions, but during the warm up lap it already went wrong. After we have changed many things with our set up, I just really had no feeling in the rear of the bike and without pushing, and doing nothing differently than usual, I crashed.
I couldn't get back to the grid in time for the start and so I had to start from the pit lane. After a few laps with an unmanageable bike, I went back in. There they found out that my fairing was filled with gravel. After three crashes and missing out on very important lap time during the first two days there was only one thing I wanted for the second race: to not crash again.
With the rain on Sunday I knew it was going to be a difficult day. In the end I finished sixteenth and that result made me feel like – even though it wasn't one of my best races – I ended the weekend in a positive way.
Now on to Austria, again a new and unfamiliar track for me. I really look forward to it!!