Successful 2017 Rookies Cup season, despite an unfortunate showdown
The final round of the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup 2017 season last weekend in Aragon ended already in the first practice for Dynavolt Intact GP Junior rider Matthias Meggle, who sustained an injury after a crash. Nevertheless, the young Bavarian can look back on a quite successful Rookies Cup history.
Matthias Meggle came to Aragon as a fifth in the standings and had the chance to climb up to 4th in the final two races of the 2017 season, which took place as part of the MotoGP Championship at the MotorLand.
But the weekend of the 17-year-old finished earlier than expected. In the first practice on Friday morning it was still wet from the rain. After a good start and fast first laps, Matze crashed and injured his left arm so that it was impossible to continue with the final round. Back in Germany, an incomplete fracture in the left radius was diagnosed. The healing time is expected to be five weeks.
Several times Matze was chasing the podium this year, while in Assen he was in fourth place, at the end of August he finished in a fantastic second place in the Czech Republic in Brno. In Austria, he once again fought in the front group and again took fourth place in the first race. Having finished sixth in Misano in the penultimate race of the year, the fast Bavarian was very confident for Aragon.
After two years Matze said goodbye to the Red Bull Rookies Cup!
He leaves with his head held high, because in the overall standings, a placement among the first ten was never in danger, despite the missed final races, even if he finally slipped from fifth to seventh place. The Intact GP youngster has learned a lot during the past two years in the hard-fought cup series and has gained the know-how for bigger challenges. Now it is important for him to focus on a new exciting future.