Last weekend was the last round of the 2011 Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup in Misano. It was really hot there.
On Friday we had one free practice and two qualifying session. In the free practice I rode a lot of good lap times. I finished 2nd. I was really close to the 1st place. We didn’t change anything for the 1st qualifying session. The 1st session was good but not perfect. I finished 3rd. For the second session we got new tires. My problem in the second qualifying session was that I had no slipstream. I finished 5th. I was not so happy about this result. But I knew that I would have slipstream in the race so I was really motivated for the race.
My start was OK. After a few laps I led the pack and pushed as much as I could. In the last lap I was second. I attacked the leader on the straight. I was then first onto the start and finish straight. But I closed the gas too early because there where two lines. So I finished 2nd. I was so angry about this stupid mistake. But I got a 3rd year in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup. I want to say thank-you to Fabrizio my Mechanic. He did a really good job all the time. And to Raul and Gustl they helped me during the season.
Now I am looking forward to the last round of the German Championship in Hockenheim.
Philipp # 5