Last weekend was the 2nd round of the Red Bull Moto GP Rookies Cup 2012 in Estoril. The weather was good. Maybe a little bit special for the Rookies Cup when you remember the last years race.
On Friday we had a free practice and two qualifying sessions. In the first race the track was a little bit slippery. But I did good lap times and finished 3rd. We didn’t change anything on the bike set up.
The 1st qualifying went really good in my opinion. I finished 4th. For the 2nd session we changed the set up a little bit for the track conditions. In the 2nd Qualifying I had a electronic problem and stopped out on the track. I dropped back into the 11th position. It was a little bit unlucky.
In the 1st race I had a normal start but I lost the race in the first few laps. So I was in the 2nd group. I finished 8th. I won my group but I was still very unhappy. We changed nothing on the bike set-up for the following race.
In the 2nd race I had a good start and was in the 1st group. After a few laps I was in 6th position. But then I made a big mistake and dropped back a little bit. But I could close the gap to the leading group. Then 4 laps before the last lap I took the lead. Until the start-and-finish line. I got past by an other rider. I finished 2nd. I was happy with that result. Now I am also 2nd in the overall points standing.
Now I’m looking forward to Aragon for the 3rd round of the Spanish Championship.
Philipp # 5