Dan Jones

Blog | Dan Jones winning on speed but not on nerves

Hello everyone,

First of all I had round three of the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup at Assen. And since then it's been all about bikes, here's how I've been getting on:


The two free practices on Friday were steady for me. I know Assen well so I used this to my advantage, I relaxed during the two sessions and understood what was needed for a good pace at this track. With a few minor adjustments to the bike, I was happy with how it had gone and was ready for qualifying.


Qualifying was very positive for me, I ended up in P8 and only 0.4 off of pole position. It was my joint highest qualifying position, but it was by far the closest I have been to the top since being in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup.


Race 1 came to a disappointing end, I fell at turn 7 whilst pushing to catch the group ahead. I had a poor start which meant I had a lot of work to do, I pushed myself too far and lost the front. It was a fast crash and I badly bruised my elbow, but I was still ready to race the next day!


Race 2 was a better race, finishing P10. My start was better but I didn't have the feeling I had in qualifying. My problem issue is I get nervous and it stops me from focusing on my race, if I can sort this problem I can make a huge step in my races.


After Assen was the closing ceremony of Racing Steps Foundation. I am proud to have been apart of the foundation, I met great people and learnt valuable lessons throughout. It was sad to see the 10 years of hard work come to and end.


Before Assen was round three of the British Superbikes at Knockhill. My brother rode in the Standard Moto3 class on a Wilson Racing Honda. It was a good weekend and I got to see my old racing friends.


Now the focus is on Sachsenring for round four of the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup.

See you all soon,