Jun 22, 2011
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Action from last year's Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup race at Assen.
The classic venue of the Dutch TT circuit in Assen sees the 7th and 8th races of the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup this Friday and Saturday. With 5 different winners in the first 6 races it is anyone's guess who will scoop the trophies this week.
Cup leader Arthur Sissis, the Australian who has just turned 16 and the only rider with 2 wins to his name, knows that he will have to do far better than in the wet at Silverstone if he hopes to maintain an advantage. With the weather forecast for this weekend looking grim, the British GP winners Lukas Trautmann, the 15 year old Austrian and Lorenzo Baldassarri, the Italian 14 year old have the rain confidence and momentum on their side.
Baldassarri is now just 5 points behind early run-away leader Sissis and Trautmann is 4th behind French 16 year old Alan Techer who also came into the picture with 2 strong rides in Britain. Both Sissis and the other 2011 favourite, Brad Binder, the 15 year old South African, were terribly disappointed with their Silverstone results. Sissis got a handful of points with 9th and 7th place finishes but Binder only took away a single point for 15th in race one.
That could all turn round again completely this weekend of course Binder was in superb form at the start of the year and sat on pole in both Jerez and Estoril. He took away one 2nd place and one victory from those weekends though he would have had more but for unfortunate mistakes. If he can regain that early form and avoid the errors a double win is not out of the question and that would lift him far from his current position of 7th behind Ivo Lopes and Xavi Pinsach.
Lopes, the 14 year old Portuguese, in his 1st Rookie season, is one of the surprises of the year so far and was on the podium in Silverstone. Pinsach is in his 2nd season and was on the podium in Estoril but has looked even better than his current 6th place in the points table.
The star of the opening weekend in Jerez, Philipp Oettl missed Estoril with his broken collarbone and Silverstone was not a great return as he scored no points but he has the talent to race right at the front when his confidence returns. The fact that he is 8th in the points and 51 behind Sissis could mean very little if there is another switch of fortunes, there are 8 races and 200 points still to be claimed.
The first of those races take place on Friday June 24th at 16.30 CET and on Saturday at at the unusually early time of 10.25 CET. Watch the races on TV around the world or on with the shows beginning 10 minutes before race start.