Collin Veijer

Blog | Collin Veijer in the heart of the battle from his first Rookies race

Hi all,

My first Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup race weekend is done!

A difficult start on Friday and a good ending on Sunday.

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In FP1 I crashed, unfortunately, after 3 laps and the bike had too much damage to continue, it was a missed chance to understand the bike better.

For FP2 I needed to get back the feeling with the bike but also I had to try to find out what could be the good direction for the set up as the Qualifying was already one hour after this last Free Practice.

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In consultation with the suspension specialist we were able to make an adjustment in the set up. It turned out well in qualifying where I really focused on that one good lap, which gave me the 12th position on the grid for my first ever Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup race.

After Qualifying I felt that we maybe had to make a next (little) step in the set up for Race 1. But a race is different to Qualifying and with some good advice from the Rider Coach (thanks Dani), we decided to keep the same set-up for the race because there is no warm up to test this.

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In Race 1 my start was not perfect and there was a gap to the front group, I pushed as much as possible and I almost reached the leading group but I guess I pushed a bit too much as I had to ....... collect a long lap penalty...... I still finished 14th and grabbed some points in my first race.

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After my experience in Race 1 we decided to change the set up a little bit for Race 2 to solve some problems.
This time my start was much better and could stay with the front group.

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My pace was good but in this class it's easy to lose several positions and difficult to get them back. For sure I learned a lot but also I really enjoyed this race and finished top 10. Not bad for my first Rookies weekend and many thanks to the whole Rookies team crew!

Can't wait for the coming weekend, I will work hard to try and make a next step to the front.

Stay safe,

Collin