I hope you enjoyed the weekend's racing.
After only a short 4 day break before the first session on Friday, it wasn't a matter of learning the track and bike but to try new things and fix certain aspects to improve my lap time and race time from the week before.
On Friday, I worked hard to find a good set up with the suspension but also to find the right gearing to be able to battle in the race. My qualifying result wasn't ideal with 14th place but I felt I had a really good feeling with my bike.
On Saturday, for Race 1, I was determined to move forward and have some good battles. At the beginning of the race I was in a strong position moving forward 2 places from my qualifying position. The pace was very quick and I did a lap time 1.3 seconds faster than qualifying. However, trying to hold on to the leading group I made a few mistakes while battling at the back of the train of riders. This left me in a lonely 12th place. In the end I crossed the line 9 seconds behind the leader, but I was nearly 10 seconds faster than the previous race last weekend.
The 2nd race was a completely different race for me. Unfortunately on the opening lap I made a big mistake losing the rear end going onto the back straight, smashing the front fairing in a near high side and had to run off track.
This meant I crossed the line on the first lap in 23rd position. Throughout the race I made many overtakes and got to the front of the second group. I pushed hard as I could see a couple riders in front detached front the leading group. Approaching the last lap I managed to catch the riders and had a great last lap battle eventually crossing the line in 13th place however after a penalty to another rider I ended up in 12th position.
I would like to say thank you to my mechanic Rene, suspension technician Aitor, Rider coach Dani and all the other Red Bull MotoGP Rookies cup staff that make this possible.
After an early cycle in the hills near to the circuit on Monday morning, we have moved our Motorhome (Main Photo), very generously lent to us by my personal sponsor Premium Motorhomes to Valencia ready for the next round.
See you all in 2 weeks!