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Latest News By September 28, 2015 February 3rd, 2020

Successful Weekend For Simpson In Spain

The last round of the 2015 Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup series was held at the Spanish circuit of Aragon. After a seesaw season young Australian, Olly Simpson was determined to finish strong.

In the dry, hot climate that is Aragon the weekend kicked off with a free practice session. Olly felt comfortable on the bike immediately and was able to find reasonable pace, ending the session 8th fastest. Leading into the second free practice Olly made additional minor changes to the bike to build upon its improvement.

“I felt really comfortable on the bike in the second free practice after we made a few changes and was able to set quick laps”

Said Simpson.

Unable to find a slip stream he struggled on the kilometre long Aragon straight. Simpson still determined as ever was able to find what he was looking for in the remaining laps of the session finishing second fastest.

Continuing into qualifying, Olly was hopeful that he could bring some of the pace that he had during the earlier practice sessions. He found a good group early, setting some fast laps in the 25 minute qualifying session. Simpson was looking good to qualify in pole position, however a minor mistake on the last corner saw him qualify 4th.

The 17 year old made a great start in Saturday’s race 1 leading the main pack after the first lap, this intense battle was halted by a red flag. The restart of the race saw it reduced down to 8 laps of the original 15. Upon the restart Olly again found a mechanical trouble with his bike stopping on the line, something that has never been too far away from him this year forcing him to start from pit lane with a 10 second delay. The shortened race and the delayed restart had Olly finish in 15th position.

“This isn’t what we wanted, we could have been battling for the podium”

Said Simpson.

In race 2 Olly was able to again produce a great start, quickly finding himself in second position for a number of laps. He was able to snatch the lead before it turn into another heated battle for the remaining of the race.

“I felt like I was back where I belong”

Said Simpson.

The battle went right down to the final seconds of the race, Olly attacking wherever he could trying to get that podium finish. Narrowly missing this, he finished in a very respectable 4th position.

Olly is confident for the wild card at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit for the MotoGP and is looking forward to seeing everyone there.

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