First, Free Practice; I was just running in the engine, learning the track, finding my lines, braking points etc.. From the first session I felt pretty comfortable with the bike and track, I ended up 3rd position in Free Practice on my first ever time around the Assen TT circuit.
First qualifying; we changed the suspension settings which was a great improvement. I felt a lot better entering the corners, and also I felt a lot more confident with the front-end which seemed to have made a great improvement with my braking points. After Q1 I ended up in 4th place on the grid which has been my best so far this year.
2nd qualifying; went better than I thought it was going to go, I managed to knock some time off from the Q1 even with older tyres, I also finished 4th in the Q2, so front row start is good enough.
Race; I had an average start and there was a group of 7 of us battling for 1st place, it was a great fight, I felt really comfortable with the bike, tyres and track. Unfortunately me and another rider collided and iI ran off the track but managed to get back into 7th position.
So I knuckled down and managed to catch up to the the front of the lead battle and got into the 1.49’s whilst chasing them. Once I caught them I battled my way through to 2nd position.
Sturla had a little gap, so I pushed to catch him as well – but unfortunately, 3 laps to the end, I lost the front end and crashed. I was over the moon with myself as I got into the 1.49’s but its a great shame that I crashed but that’s part of racing.
I am looking forward to going to Germany, it looks a real nice track to ride. Hopefully I can have a good weekend as my aim for the rest of the season is too learn the tracks without crashing and getting as much track time as possible as i don’t do any practising/racing in between the Red Bull Rookies Races.
I’d like to say a big thanks to Red Bull team, all the mechanics, Raul, Gustl, Alex, Carlos, and especially David my mechanic. And all the people there who helped out. Also I’d like to say a big thanks to James Toseland for all the advice and help he keeps giving me for the tracks I don’t know.
Good luck and see you in Germany. Danny #52
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