Zonta van den Goorbergh

Blog | Zonta van den Goorbergh picks up some ballast and almost the fastest lap

Hi Everyone,

It has been a while since I talked with you guys...! It is incredible to see how time flies!

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Let's talk about the last race from the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup 2019. I left for Aragon on crutches! Not something I was happy about as we did all we could to be as fit as possible in Aragon but a few days (with a back-to-back event) was just too short to be 100% fit.

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After my highside in Misano it was hard to push like I normally would, couldn't get my right foot on the rear brake... FP's were bad, couldn't focus but didn't know what was wrong... then in QP I went completely on my own, I put a really good lap in, P8!!!

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Race 1 was good, fighting in front group but as I wanted to overtake the guy in front of me I lost the front, I crashed ..... and ran to the bike. Picked it up and continued on my way! I was lucky my bike wasn't really damaged! I did have a bit of a weight issue, it didn't really feel so good and after the race I saw why; there was a load of gravel in my fairing!

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There were a lot of crashes that race but they did not continue like I did. I scored points as I overtook one rider and due to other crashes I finished in P13.

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Race 2, a good race, I was in the front group but then the small group I was in lost the contact to the front group because of a mistake of one of the riders. That mistake resulted in a 1 second gap to the front group. I led our little group and pushed, after one lap I closed the gap down to 1 second to the front. Missed out on the fastest lap by 0.002 seconds – the fastest lap of the race was set behind me in that lap, full in my slipstream... finished in p13, 1.1 seconds from P1!! Close racing!

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Happy to have finished every race in the points, only Lorenzo Fellon & I scored points in every race!! And a big congratulations to Rookies Cup champ Carlos Tatay!!

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Shortly after our race in Aragon we went to Jerez for the ETC and after that was Albacete – next week is the season finale in Valencia. After that race I will update you on my last ETC adventures!

Also shortly after our race the crew got everything ready for the Selection Event! I so remember how that was! I was happy to see so many selected for the event, some friends and people I race with. Wish all of them could have a seat as I wish this amazing experience for all of them!

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I am very happy to see Collin Veijer joining us for 2020! Happy to see my friend on the track at every event!

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Also happy that my Racing and gaming mates Phillip and Noah are also in our Cup again next year

A season recap will be made during the winter – and by the way, my winter prep has already started as I have a new training schedule – but for now a huge thanks to Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup to let me be part of this amazing cup in 2020 again!! You guys are the best, thanks to all the staff!

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After two weeks full of school – we are back to the racetrack in Valencia this weekend!

Chat soon,

Zonta