How are you all doing?
I hope you enjoy reading my new Blog about the first rounds of the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup.
A few weeks ago, we had the 2020 preseason test with the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup on an amazing track in Austria (Red Bull Ring). First of all, it was great to see everybody again. The first day was tough but fun though.
We had a lot of interviews, photo sessions and briefings. Was a pleasure to try on our new things. Suit, helmets and team wear.
After that day, it was finally time to ride our KTMs again. WHAT A FEELING. It was so good to get on this bike again after almost a year. The tests went great. I saw a lot of improvements of mine. So I was happy, that the work I did payed off. I felt so good on the bike and I had so much fun riding on track.
Only one week later it was already time for the first race week with the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup. The race weekend took part on the Red Bull Ring. The free practices went very good for me. In the qualifying I struggled a bit and didn't qualify where I wanted to be. But anyway, the race is always different. So, the next Saturday it was the first race day of 2020 for us Rookies. I had a fantastic race. I started off from P.21. And I finished top 10!
That was an AMAZING race for me. It was my first ever time in my life in the front group. I crossed the finish line as 10th. I got 6th due to some penalties. Also the second race was good. I also battled in the front group. I finished 17th due to an error in the last lap. In the end I got 14th due to penalties. Still it was a great race.
Now it was time to rest a bit after the race weekend. Because already the next weekend was Round 2 of the Rookies Cup as well in Austria. I spent the three free days with my mates and competitors Zonta and Collin. We were on a camping and had a lot of fun with mountain biking and swimming.
Next Thursday we were back on the circuit for the track walk. And Friday, the action started again. The free practices were not so bad. The Qualifying though was great. I qualified P.12 so row 4. I was quite happy with that.
Saturday it was time to race again. Also this race was good. I battled in the front group until middle race, then I did a few mistakes and there was the first group going away a little bit and I was in the top of the second group and having some great fights. In the last laps we were getting closer to the front group again. I finished the race in a positive 10th place. At the end 8th. I knew where I could improve for Race 2.
Race 2 started. I had a good start and battled at the front. I had a great pace in the beginning. Middle race I dropped back a little. I fought back the positions I lost. Unluckily there was a gap between me and the front group. I tried to catch them again but it was difficult without slipstream. I did my best and finished P9.
I am happy with the 2 first rounds. 3 Top 10 finishes out of 4 races. But now it is time to work even harder to be even stronger at Aragon in a few weeks.
Right now, I am already on the way to Jerez for another race week with the European Talent Cup. I will give my best!
Hope you all enjoyed watching Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup back to racing again. I wish you guys all the best and we will see us very soon.