May 5, 2013
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by David Swarts
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The Jerez de la Frontera Circuit, in Spain.
Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup
May 4-5, 2013
Race One Results (all on KTM 250s and Dunlop tires):
1. Jorge MARTIN, Spain, 16 laps, 29:55.215
2. Karel HANIKA, Czech Republic, -0.162 second
3. Enea BASTIANINI, Italy, -4.014 seconds
4. Diego PEREZ, Spain, -9.757
5. Stefano MANZI, Italy, -10.170
6. Toprak RAZGATLIOGLU, Turkey, -10.287
7. Joe ROBERTS, USA, -10.482
8. Bradley RAY, UK, -10.523
9. Scott DEROUE, Netherlands, -13.719
10. Darryn BINDER, South Africa, -13.969
15. Anthony ALONSO, USA, -23.745
Race Two Results (all on KTM 250s and Dunlop tires):
1. Enea BASTIANINI, Italy, 16 laps, 29:55.087
2. Karel HANIKA, Czech Republic, -0.141 second
3. Stefano MANZI, Italy, -0.549
4. Jorge MARTIN, Spain, -3.447
5. Toprak RAZGATLIOGLU, Turkey, -4.128
6. Bradley RAY, UK, -4.131
7. Scott DEROUE, Netherlands, -5.345
8. Marcos RAMIREZ, Spain, -6.310
9. Soushi MIHARA, Japan, -14.812
10. Joe ROBERTS, USA, -19.911
20. Anthony ALONSO, USA, -13 laps, DNF, crash
Championship Point Standings (after 4 of 14 races):
1. Hanika, 85 points
2. Martin, 57
3. Ray, 56
4. Razgatlioglu, 53
5. Bastianini, 49
6. Deroue, 35
7. Pagliani, 33
8. Manzi, 31
9. Perez, 29
10. Ramirez, 23
12. Roberts, 15
21. Alonso, 4
More, from a press release issued by Red Bull:
Jorge Martin stole victory from Karel Hanika at the final corner to take the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup Race 1 at the Spanish Grand Prix in Jerez. The 15-year-old Spaniard judged his move up the inside on the brakes perfectly and the 17-year-old Czech had no reply as they raced across the line to complete 16 electrifying laps.
Third was 15-year-old Italian Enea Bastianini, a first year Rookie, who trailed the leading pair throughout the second half of the race well ahead of an intense, 6 man battle for 4th. It was 15-year-old Spaniard Diego Perez who got that verdict on the line ahead of Stefano Manzi, the 14-year-old Italian and Turkish 16-year-old Toprak Razgatlioglu. Joe Roberts, the 15-year-old American and British 15-year-old Bradley Ray, winner of Race 1 in Austin completed the pack, finishing 7th and 8th.
The front row hunted
For once the race followed practice and qualifying as Hanika, Martin and Bastianini made up the front row. The result was anything but a forgone conclusion though because while all 3 got away well they were set upon by the chasing pack.
That hunt included Manuel Pagliani, the 16-year-old Italian who had featured so strongly in both races in Austin. But he would crash out on lap 14 when he clipped the rear of Razgatlioglu's machine, misjudging the braking. Hanika and Martin showed their class by both smashing the lap record as they managed to break away from the group.
There was also a less serious coming together between Hanika and Martin as they raced wheel to wheel at the head of the field, they both went for the same piece of road, they got away with it though and raced on, by then well clear of Bastianini and the rest.
“It was a fantastic race. I did make that mistake and we touched,” admitted Hanika who was visibly down about the result. “Otherwise I was comfortable doing most of the leading. Actually I didn't watch what was happening behind me over the last laps I didn't want to be distracted, I just rode my own race. Congratulations to Jorge on winning, there is still tomorrow's race and I want it to be at least as good.”
Martin was so thrilled with victory he could barely breath as he took his helmet off. “Just incredible... a great race... my first time on the podium in Rookies Cup... my first win.” He caught his breath. “I was riding with Karel and over the last few laps, I knew I could pass him but I was rolling off the throttle and just waiting. I only wanted to pass him at the last corner... and it worked,” he concluded punching the air.
Though he wasn't in the fight for the win Bastianini was naturally happy to be on the podium so early in his first Rookies Cup season. “It was a fun race, I enjoyed racing up the front with the others. I was just having a bit of a problem with the bike on the brakes, it was unstable turning in so I couldn't race for the win this time. Tomorrow I will though,” he added with his usual broad grin.
Olly Simpson, the 15-year-old Australian crashed at the start and was taken to hospital with suspected arm injuries.
This weekend's Rookies Cup races can be seen live on and on TV stations around the world.
Jerez Race 2 is on Sunday at 15.30 CET, the show starts 10 minutes before the race.
More, from another press release issued by Red Bull:
Enea Bastianini got the better of Karel Hanika and Stefano Manzi to win a last lap scrap that produced the closest finish of the Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez and claim his first victory in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup. It was the Italian's 4th race in the series but the 15-year-old Italian has been fast from the start of the year and he was the least surprised of anyone that he claimed victory.
“I felt I was fast and felt I could win the race,” he said simply. “Yesterday I was a bit uncomfortable on the brakes and I was 3rd. But actually we didn't change anything on the bike for today, I just me and managed to win. It was a great race with Hanika, I just pushed to the maximum at the end, no plan, I just gave it full gas.”
Hanika not so happy
With a win and 3 finishes as runner up from the first 4 races Hanika has a huge points score and nothing to be ashamed about but the 17-year-old Czech is a racer. “I'm not happy to finish second again of course. It was another tough race, I pushed as hard as I could. Right from the start of the race I felt comfortable on the bike, it was working well so I was enjoying riding it and happy to be leading.”
“At the end I just tried to put in the perfect laps and hoped that was enough to win. Enea passed me and then I just got a sort of mental block that told me not to do anything silly at the last corner and that the points were more important. Of course that's true and it is important for the championship but it's not as much fun as winning,” concluded Hanika.
Manzi very happy
Manzi, the 14-year-old Italian was thrilled with 3rd. “It was such a tough race, they always are in Rookies Cup. Yesterday I got stuck in the pack and just couldn't break out but I knew I could not let that happen today. I pushed so hard and at the end I really had a go at winning, I went past Hanika but then went wide and he got back in front, then I was just a bit too far back.” he concluded.
The lead trio had been handed a real advantage when a 10 man battle for the lead was broken up by Darryn Binder suffering an engine failure on lap 12 of the 16. It was the end of a storming ride for the 15 year old South African in his first Cup season. He had cut his way through the pack to lead briefly and looked a good bet for a rostrum finish until the engine quit.
As he slowed the pack had to back off and swap lines, that was all the advantage the leading 3 needed to get clear. Then it was Saturday's winner Jorge Martin, the 15-year-old Spaniard, who charged home 4th ahead of 16-year-old Turk Toprak Razgatlioglu and Bradley Ray, with the 15-year old Briton losing out in a photo finish to Toprak by 0.003 seconds.
The excellent run of podiums has certainly done good things for Hanika's points score as he heads into a 7 week break with a 28 point advantage over Martin who in turn is just 1 ahead of Ray, with Razgatlioglu a further 3 behind. Victory boosts Bastianini to 5th and they all have to bide their time until practice starts at Assen on June 27th to try their KTM RC 250 Rs again, the next races are on Friday the 28th and Saturday the 29th at the Dutch TT.
Olly Simpson, the 15-year-old Austrian who crashed at the start of Race 1 on Saturday sustained a straightforward break to the radius bone in his left forearm. His dislocated right shoulder was put back at the track. He has a small crack in his right foot. He is now resting well. The FIM stewards determined that Lukas Trautmann, the 17-year-old Austrian, should miss 3 races for his part in the accident. That covered Race 2 in Jerez and includes the 2 races in Assen.