We have finished the last races of the 2020 Rookies Cup season.
FP1 was an early one at 9:15 am with a not yet optimal temperature.
Despite this I was able to do a good constructive session and improved round by round, ending the session with P8.
In FP2 there was more grip and better conditions. In this session I tried to push more with a longer gearing, but because of this setting I had quite a bit of trouble with the rear sliding in several turns. Nevertheless I improved my time and reached P9.
Before Qualifying we set back the gearing which gave me a better feeling with the bike. I was in a good rhythm and on a strong lap but then there was a red flag and unfortunately I could not finish a really good lap. At the restart of qualifying, I was confident that it would go well but in the second lap – after a fast 1st sector - arriving at turn 6 I entered a bit too fast. I still tried to take the speed with me but on the exit it went wrong and I crashed with a highsider.
I was able to bring the bike back to the pit lane, where it could be repaired by the mechanics. After that I was able to make two more laps but I couldn't improve my time and had to start from P15. I had the speed but again it didn't work out in qualifying. In other words, I had to show what I got in the final 2 races of the season.
Race 1: I had a good start and could make up several positions immediately. The feeling with the front was not quite ok, it didn't feel stable. Still, I was able to keep up with the pace but I didn't feel like I was really able to attack. For sure I was very happy to finish in P6 while not feeling fully comfortable.
With some adjustments to the front of the bike, I started Race 2 in good spirits. The start was a bit less than Race 1 but I was still able to make up a number of places. Again there was a leading group of 10 riders and there were a lot of position changes. I felt good on the bike but I didn't want to overdo it and risk crashing in this last race of the season.
As in Race 1 I was able to finish P6, a pretty good result for a rookie in the series I think, and finishing in the top 10 of the championship is not bad at all.
Last but not least, I want to express my big thanks to the entire Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup crew for a great season!
I learned a lot, all was well organised and it's simply a dream come true to be able to race in such professional conditions. Even more, I am very proud to announce that in 2021 I can again participate in this fantastic program!
Also I want to thank all my sponsors and everyone else who help to make it possible for me to race. It's great to be home again after more than 7 weeks in Spain riding in the Rookies Cup and the CEV-ETC series but be assured that I will work hard this winter to prepare myself well for the new season!