Ryusei Yamanaka

Blog | Ryusei Yamanaka on the podium in his final Rookies Cup Race

Hi Everyone,

In Qualifying I was 8th. My feeling was not so bad right from FP1.

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But it was still difficult to get a good lap time.

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And in Qualifying there was a big mistake in the group and we lost some time.

Race 1 8th

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It was a difficult race for me because we had big fighting at every corner. In the middle of the race I made a mistake.

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Then I had a little gap to the front group.

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So I wanted to catch them. I was in front of the second group, then many riders used my slipstream to pass me. After that I still tried to get to the front but then another rider passed me going too fast and took me out into the gravel.

So I was 8th.

I think that is bad for me, if I was able to ride more front, then maybe I would not have been damaged by such things.

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For the second race I took advantage of my reflections on Race 1.

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So I tried to stay at the front. I made a mistake and dropped a position but I could get back to the front quickly. I thought it was better to stay first or second but then a rider crashed on the last lap and I couldn't.

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I regret that I couldn't win the final race and also that I couldn't improve my championship position better than 6th.
My target was to be champion this year.

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Now I have finished in the Rookies Cup. The Cup gave me lots of experience and I was able to grow a lot. I will never forget this great period.

I'm really happy to have ridden in the Rookies Cup for two years.

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Really thanks to everybody including the crew and all the riders.

Ryusei