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Cook from Swindon is in his first season in the Moto3 Junior World Championship and second in the Red Bull Rookies Cup.

Round three of the Moto3 JWC takes place at the Le Mans circuit on 18 May. There will be two qualifying sessions on the Friday. Saturday morning gets underway very early for Max Cook and the others, with warm up at 08:30. The Moto3 Junior World Championship riders then compete in a 17 lap race at 16:30 in the afternoon. (All times CET)

This is Cook’s first season in the Moto3 JWC. He finished third in the British Talent Cup last season and also competed in the Red Bull Rookies for the first time.

It seems amazing that in September 2015 I wrote an article about Cook wrapping up the Aprilia Superteens title by winning the first race at Donington Park. Since then he went on to dominate and win the Hel Performance British Motostar standard class in 2017 winning by almost 150 points. here we are just three and a half years later in the Moto3 Junior World Championship.

So far Cook has picked up points in both Moto3 JWC rounds. In dreadful conditions in Estoril, he crossed the line 13th for his first three championship points. At the second round in Valencia there were two races. In the first race he was running 25th on lap four but set about clawing his way through the field. He finished 15th to collect another valuable point. In the second race an incident in front of Cook gave him nowhere to go and he crashed out early on.

Just last week he achieved his best result in the Red Bull Rookies finishing 8th. He was in the leading group in the first race before having to serve a ride-through. Unfortunately, he let the bike roll forward on the start line and incurred a jump start penalty. Cook came back out and after catching the riders at the back blasted his way through to finish eleventh.

Race two and Max was again in the lead group. Later in the race that group got stretched out but Cook was in the chasing group in the fight for third.  He crossed the line in eighth.

The 16-year-old has got another chance to continue his progress in France this weekend. With his attitude and the support around him is it unrealistic to be looking at a top ten finish in the not too distant future?

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