Max Cook

Blog | Max Cook Battling through to the front in Austria

Hi everyone,

Since my last blog I have been to Austria, the home of Red Bull and KTM, to race at the Red Bull Ring!

On the lead up to the weekend I was really looking forward to going to Austria for the first time and ride the track.

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Also I was feeling really confident because the Red Bull Ring has many heavy braking points, which is my strong point, so I had a feeling that this would be a great weekend!

Friday was a great learning day for me because in FP1 I learnt the circuit in the dry and in FP2 & qualifying I learnt the bike and the circuit in heavy rain!

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It was the first time for me to ride my KTM Moto3 in the rain and I actually really enjoyed it! Although I finished 17th on the grid I know I had the pace in the wet but I just couldn't put it altogether.

Race 1 would've been the best race of my career, until I crashed on the final lap. It was a dry race and I was starting in 17th and I knew I had work to do.

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The whole race I was battling through the field and I managed to get up to the front group which was my target.

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I got up to 8th place but on the final lap. Into turn 4 I ran in to the back of 2 riders and it that incident I caught my neck on the riders rear tyre. I was lucky to come away from that with a grazed neck and some ligament damage to my right knee.

However, this meant I was declared unfit for Race 2 on Sunday! I was very disappointed to miss out on the second race because I really wanted to show everyone what I can do but it was the right choice to sit out.

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On the way back home my dad and I stopped of at Hangar 7 in Salzburg, which holds all of Dietrich Mateschitz's personal collection of motorcycles, cars and planes! It was by far the best museum I've been to!

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This weekend is the British GP where I'll be racing in the British Talent Cup. I can't wait and then I'll see you in Misano!

Max