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Blog | Olly Simpson's Assen fast but painful

Olly Simpson

G'day Everyone,

The Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup at Assen or better know as the Cathederal of Speed started off well for me until I crashed out of race 1.

Thursday I was really looking forward to racing around the Assen circuit as it is one of my favourite tracks of the year.

Free Practice 1: I got used to the bike and the track as it had been a long break from round 1 of the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup in Jerez. I finished 6th in the session so I made some adjustments to the bike for free practice 2. I got more feel for the bike and the track and I got quicker, plus I found some good lines finishing 4th in free practice 2.

Straight after that was qualifying. I found a really good rhythm and a good setup and was able to put in consistently good laps so I qualified 2nd on the grid.

I was very eager for the race to start on Friday because I felt I had really good pace. I made a really good start and got the holeshot and lead the first lap. Then I was having a really good battle for the lead for the next 4 laps until coming out of the 4th corner I made a small mistake and had a highside.

The force of the crash dislocated my shoulder so I was unable to finish the race and could not race in race 2. I am now recovering/training my shoulder and its already feeling ready to race for podiums at Sachsenring for the third round of the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup.

I am looking forward.

Olly #45

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