Portugal sure is a long way from little old Invercargill, New Zealand. In fact, it took us 36 hours traveling to get here ... but every minute was another step closer and I'm so excited to finally be in Europe.
Dad and I have been based in Portimao for the past week and it does feel strange with everything pretty much in lockdown. It's such a contrast to New Zealand where we have had the freedom to live normally for months with just a handful of Covid cases.
We have been filling in our days exploring the beaches and doing some fitness to shake off the jet lag. I couldn't find a rugby ball so have switched to football which has been great to kick around. I have also started on my correspondence schoolwork which I need to complete during the next seven months.
It was really cool to finally be able to watch the MotoGP races during the day because at home I have to set my alarm to go off in the middle of the night to get up and watch it.
All of the races were unreal with plenty of action and that Moto3 race of Pedro's will go down in history! I am absolutely pumped to watch it all unfold live at Portimao soon.
Our Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup testing gets underway in just a couple of days. I'm really looking forward to meeting everyone and connecting with my number 14 KTM RC250R machine. It will be a challenge to learn a new bike and circuit but I'm feeling prepared and ready to tackle it. We have 18 sessions on track scheduled for testing and I will be making the most of every lap to learn as much as possible.
I think my throttle hand is getting twitchy! It has been hard not being able to jump on a bike over here, especially since we have just finished our racing season in New Zealand.
The 2021 NZSBK Championships wrapped up last month and I was stoked to achieve my goals for the campaign clinching both the SuperSport 150 and SuperSport 300 titles for my team.
I felt confident going into the final round as Taupo is one of my favourite tracks in New Zealand. It is complex but still has fast flowy corners, overtaking is difficult which requires strategy and who doesn't love a fast chicane at the end of a long straight to keep you on your toes.
The circuits in Europe will be like nothing I have ever experienced before and the rollercoaster of Portimao will be one heck of a place to debut. Just a couple more sleeps and it will all become a reality.