We traveled to Jerez in Spain on Sunday, March 31, 2019 for the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup test days. For me it was really impressive how great and perfect the whole thing was organized by Red Bull.
Two Swiss in the Rookies Cup this year, Jason Dupasquier and I
My father/helper and I got completely dressed with the team clothes, it was a little bit like Christmas for both of us. Of course the greatest thing for me was that I was finally allowed to receive my KTM.
It was a lot of fun for me to train with the bike. There is still a lot to learn for me, but from turn to turn I got faster and got more and more confidence in the Moto 3 machine.
My father also had a lot to do and to learn as a mechanic, but the professional mechanic Juan showed always how it must and should be. The whole crew of Red Bull was fantastic, they all really help me to follow my big dream to become a MotoGP rider. At this point my big thank you!
On Wednesday evening I traveled with my parents to Estoril in Portugal, where I had my first race of the season in the European Talent Cup on the weekend 6th and 7th of April. The training started very well for me. Since the beginning of riding I had a really good feeling on the bike. The good times confirm this. Unfortunately, the weather did not play at all. Rain, sun, rain and sun again. The race track was in a different condition constantly. I said to myself .... it does not matter, it's the same for everyone.
In the European Talent Cup we are about 68 riders, so there were two groups. My goal was to reach the qualification. Only 38 drivers were allowed to start. So I went with full courage and fighting spirit in the first qualification. I drove top times and was always in the top 10 riders of my group. Shortly before the end of Q1 I switched to slick tires and tried to improve even more. In the last lap of Q1 I had a really big highsider in turn 2.... which ended for me, via ambulance in the medical center. Luckily, nothing terrible happened.
For my mechanics there was a lot to do. They had to fix my machine in three hours, for the Q2. My motorcycle was like a new bike after this repair. So I started to go hunting for a time again. With much will and courage, I came to 19th place and was qualified for the 35th starting place and was able to participate in the race on Sunday.
I was not so happy, because I could do it better. But the big highside was probably not completely out of my head and the swollen knee hurt badly. In the first race I drove from 35th place to the 19th. In the second race I was even able to ride to 15th place and got my first point in the European Talent Cup.
For me, so ended a hard but exciting week end. On the way home, I can now solve my lovely homework, in the airport and on the plane.
This is followed by just under a week school before I fly to Valencia in Spain next Sunday to ride with a wildcard at the Yamaha Blue Cru 300 Cup. In my spring holidays, we stay 14 days in Spain. During this time, I will once again visit the KSB racing school and then go directly to the second race of the European Talent Cup (also in Valencia).
So, as you can see, I do not get bored. I am looking forward to the upcoming trainings and races. Now I wish you exciting days and I will report soon again with new experiences from motorcycle racing.
Already in the plane I had the feeling to race
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