I have some positive news to tell you, and here it is!
After Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup preseason tests in Jerez I went to Russia to take part in 1st round of Russian Supermoto and MiniMotard Championships. I was competing in 2 classes: Supermoto S1 (Pro) on Yamaha YZF-450 and MiniMotard (PitBike) on JMC 160 PRO. It took place in the south of Russia in Ust-Labinsk, Krasnodar area (not far from Sochi, where the winter Olympic Games in 2014 were held). As you know, Russia is a huge country, so even if the race was in my country it was more than 2000 kms from where I live, and I had to take a plane.
I arrived at the track on April 8th, Wednesday evening. I had good training days on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. It was an awesome endurance training, riding almost non-stop, just changing from MiniMotard to Supermoto and vice versa. I spent 3 days adapting to the bikes, learning the track, searching for the good setup and moving the limits. In the Supermoto class, besides the asphalt part of the circuit there was a dirt section of the track with jumps. It's always good to change from dirt to asphalt as fast as you can. So Sunday - the race day came.
I was looking for a good battle in MiniMotard class with Vladimir Leonov (World Moto2 and World Supersport rider in the past and World Motorcycle Endurance championship current rider). Unfortunately, during free practice in the morning my pitbike was broken, and I had to take a spare one, which had less power and was not so good. Anyway I was pushing 100% and in the qualifying the difference between Vladimir and I was only 18 thousands of a second! Both races we had interesting battles, but I was always missing some horsepowers and so both races I finished second.
In Supermoto S1 class I won qualification and both races with a good gap. I gained a lot of experience, I was always feeling rear slipping and I was controlling it. All in all I spent 4 constant days training, testing different bikes and improving myself as a rider.
After that I spent 2 days at home with my family, friends and riding my bicycle. Now I am back in Europe. I am having last trainings here, and on Wednesday I start my trip to Jerez, to the 1&2 round of Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup!
Looking forward to seeing you all there!