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Sep 29, 2013

Bastianini Wins Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup Race Two At Motorland Aragon

Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup: Marcos Ramirez (left), Enea Bastianini (center) and Stefano Manzi (right) at Motorland Aragon.
Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup
Motorland Aragon, Spain
September 29, 2013
Race Two Results (all on KTM RBR250s and Dunlop tires):

1. Enea BASTIANINI, Italy, 15 laps, 31:10.329
2. Stefano MANZI, Italy, -0.029 second
3. Marcos RAMIREZ, Spain, -0.235
4. Toprak RAZGATLIOGLU, Turkey, -0.294
5. Diego PEREZ, Spain, -0.327
6. Joan MIR, Spain, -0.565
7. Jorge MARTIN, Spain, -0.678
8. Bradley RAY, UK, -4.146
9. Tarran MACKENZIE, UK, -14.140
10. Soushi MIHARA, Japan, -14.229

18. Joe ROBERTS, USA, -1 lap, DNF, crash

21. Karel HANIKA, Czech Republic, -4 laps, DNF, retired

23. Anthony ALONSO, USA, -10 laps, DNF, crash

Championship Point Standings (after 14 of 14 races):

1. Hanika, 235 points
2. Martin, 163
3. Manzi, 154
4. Bastianini, 148
5. Ramirez, 145
6. Pagliani, 137
7. Deroue, 127
8. Perez, 119
9. Mir, 107
10. Razgatlioglu, 99

14. Roberts, 60

23. Alonso, 10

More, from a press release issued by Red Bull:

The best lap of the year decided the final race of the 2013 Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup as Enea Bastianini got the better of Stefano Manzi and Marcos Ramirez. The 15-year-old Italian took the victor's trophy but no one rode that final 5.078 km (3.155 miles) better than Toprak Razgatlioglu.

The 16-year-old Turk was half a second behind the leading trio going onto the final lap but cut his way to the front in sensational style. He led onto the back straight but the smaller men behind picked up his slipstream and he was powerless to prevent their passing. He crossed the line fourth ahead of Diego Perez, Joan Mir and Jorge Martín.

Bastianini's hard work

Take nothing Bastianini though he had also ridden superbly from 12th on the grid, clawing his way through the lead group and only making his play right at the end. “It was hard work coming from the fourth row,” he explained, sweating profusely as he took his helmet off. “I just pushed and pushed. The bike was working great everywhere except the last corner, through the long fast left the front was pattering around and I was fighting it there. On the last lap I just got the perfect slipstream going down the back straight and held on through that last left, nothing was going to stop me winning.”

The race could have gone to any of ten riders but it was Cup winner Karel Hanika who looked strongest as he headed the pack mid race. The 17-year-old Czech remained unruffled as Manzi, Ramirez and co took their chances to lead but the opportunity to secure his 11th Rookies Cup win of his two-season career and the 8th of 2013 ended on lap 12 of the 15 with a technical failure.

Open to anyone

That seemed to inspire everyone else. The first to pick up the gauntlet was Scott Deroue but the 17-year-old Netherlander slid off a lap later. “I saw Hanika go out and I realised it was my chance, I knew I could lead the pack as I did yesterday and tried to push hard and get away. I think I just pushed too hard and the front folded on me.”

It then looked five abreast at times with Manzi and Ramirez both looking for their first Cup victories. Onto the last lap it was Manzi, the 14-year-old Italian who led Bastianini across the line with Ramirez, the 15-year-old Spaniard a close third.

Turkish determination

Razgatlioglu had been nowhere near the front, was 11th with four laps to go and had only just caught the lead pack having been way behind. He simply was not to be denied. “I did everything I could, early on I was behind Pagliani and actually he was holding me up a bit as we tried to catch the lead group, he then had a problem then I was clear and could catch them. I knew I had a chance, my last chance, I just went for it. I got through to the front but they all just came past down the straight.... that was it, I did what I could.”

Manzi picked up his fourth second of the season after his third third yesterday. “Another fun race, hard again to come from 10th on the grid. I really though I could win it on the last lap, had the slipstream and went for it but Enea closed me out at the last corner and that was it, still a great end to the year,” he said with the ever-present smile.

Victory denied

A fifth third place for Ramirez. “Yes a win would have been better,” admitted the Spanish Championship leader who slid off on Saturday while battling for the lead and was, like Manzi, still looking for his first Cup win in their second season. “I had the front sliding again today, I don't know why but it was a real problem, still another great race, it just could have been two places better.”

Selection Event

The Selection Event for the 2014 Rookies Cup intake will be held at the Monteblanco circuit near Seville on October 16th, 17th and 18th where over a hundred riders from 28 nations will try to be part of next year's race action.