The mature and consistent approach he adopted in his first Rookies season belied his age and took him to 8th in the final standings. At school he likes sport, maths and technical studies. When not riding he is into volleyball, gym training, BMX riding and listening to AC/DC. He wants to work his way up to race in MotoGP, "and always race at the front". Living in Obing as Ralf Waldmann does it is not surprising that the 125 and 250 Grand Prix winner is his hero along with Valentino Rossi. His father was also a racer but on grass and sand. "He taught me to ride and when I had my first race I said, 'this is my World'."