Max Cook

Blog | Max Cook ending his season in great style across Europe

Hi everyone,

Although the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies season was over a few months back, mine has just finished.

Since my last blog I've finished my season in the British Talent Cup, competed in my first flat track race and even ridden a superbike!

In late October I was invited by my personal sponsor to ride a superbike at the circuit of Catalunya for 3 days. It was such an amazing experience to ride a bike with so much power and I even got on track tuition with Troy Corser! I learned lots of skills which I can use for the Moto3.

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A few weeks later I went to MotoGP at Valencia for the final round of the British Talent Cup. It was the championship decider heading in to the weekend and I was in 3rd place 29 points behind the leader and 17 points behind 2nd place. The only thing I could do was to win both races. I came away with a 1st place finish in race 1 meaning I was in championship contention for race 2.

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Before the race I had Rookies champion Can Öncü with me on the grid, calming me down as I was very nervous before the race.

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Race 2 was the first dry session of the weekend so bike setup and gearing was a gamble. Unfortunately a 3rd place finish in race 2 means I had lost out on the overall championship and I lost out on 2nd by 1 point! I'm still happy with the progress I've made this year and I know I've developed in to a much better rider by learning from my mistakes earlier in the season.

The weekend after I was back at Valencia for a European Talent Cup wildcard with my British team from when I won the British championship in 2017. It was great to ride with them again.

Out on track it was quite hard for me as I was on a completely standard bike up against a lot smaller kids on better bikes. For qualifying I did well as I got 14th on the grid but I was given a 12 place grid penalty due to slow sectors which meant I was now 26th in the grid. I had lots of hard work for the race.

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In the race I made up about 8 positions on lap 1 and another 4 on lap 2. But then I found myself stuck because I'd get overtaken by a group of riders down the straight and then I'd have to overtake them all in the corners. The race was very frustrating for me because before the weekend I hoped to be running at the front but instead I was struggling to even be in the points.

Then straight after on the Monday morning I was at school sitting my mock exams for the week.

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On the weekend I went up north to go flat tracking. I had never been on the dirt so this was a first for me. I thought I'd go straight in to a race! I won my first flat track race which I'm really happy about and I'll definitely be doing more of it over the winter.

Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

Max