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Latest News By April 7, 2015 February 4th, 2020

Olly Hits The Ground Running

Olly Simpson has hit the ground running in the lead up to the first race of the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup for 2015. The Aussie young gun has recently been putting his bike to the test in a 3 day Jerez test

Olly arrived at the Spanish circuit at the beginning of the week, collecting his new team wear for 2015. It was then that there was a photo opportunity and a briefing to learn of the new rules for the coming year. He also had photo

Tuesday saw Olly on his bike, giving him a change to test the improvements made to the bike. Tuesdays test consisted of 5 session. The first 2 were used to run the bike in as it had a new engine. The last 3 sessions allowed Olly to get a feel for the bike and get used to the track. Over the day Olly was able to get a lot of laps in, finishing the day second fastest, 0.08 seconds off the fastest time. Olly flew into Wednesdays test, keeping up the pace from the previous day. Again, he had another 5 sessions allowing him to improve his time and get the 5th fastest. In the last session he was on his fastest lap but unfortunately due to a technical issue going into the last turn Olly ran into the air fence Luckily not doing any damage to the bike or himself.

Thursday was a day off from testing. Allowing Olly to get to know his fellow Rookie competitors along with photo shooting and briefings at the circuit.

Friday saw Olly back on the bike and testing again. He started off with a fun start simulation He was then able to get some good sessions on the bike and got the second fastest time of the day, improving on his time again. Olly then had an 18 lap race simulation with a rolling start. Despite his good pace, the reverse grid saw him having to start second from the rear of the grid. From the back he was able to make his way through the pack and lead for most of the race. Until two riders managed to catch him. As one of the riders tried to pass Olly, he out braked himself causing him and Olly to collide resulting in Olly crashing.

“Nobody was at fault and he was okay”

Said Olly.

Olly has gained a lot of knowledge from the test and is looking forward to the race in 3 weeks’ time.

In the meantime Olly has returned to Australia to further prepare his training so he ready for the race in Jerez, Spain on the 2nd & 3rd of May

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