We’re back from our trip to Spain. Overall, the trip was a success. Though Anthony was not picked for next year’s rookies cup, there were many other positives we could not have found unless we had gone there.
Anthony is not a “fast learner” and we were really concerned about this. The selection process took place at a kart track he’d never seen. Originally we were under the impression the selection process would take place at the Aragon “main” circuit, but this turned out to be incorrect. We spent time reviewing video of the “main” circuit, to at least become familiar with it and it turned out to not matter.
The other factor was the bike. The biggest bike Anthony’s rides on a kart track is his NSR65. His RS125 has only ever been ridden on a “real” track. So ridding a 125cc on a kart track was a new challenge for him.
Yet Anthony rode well both days. On the first day he got 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes in the afternoon. His pace was “ok”, but not as fast as the kids familiar with the circuit.
On the second day, which consisted of the same amount of track time as the first, both of his sessions were red-flagged due to accidents. One kid suffered an injury which required a trip to the hospital (I believe a broken hand/wrist), and the others suffered no injuries.
However, even with these disruptions to his concentration, he improved his pace and got closer to the fastest “local” kids.
He didn’t crash, he improved lap after lap, carried himself well and made a bunch of new friends. Most importantly, he was on track with European riders. It’s always been very important for us to figure out where Anthony’s pace is when compared to other kids. We need to improve here, but we’re on a good trajectory.
The selection process does not provide feedback as to “why”. From our perspective, this is something that should improve, as it leaves a void.