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Toni Wirsing wins the Red Bull Rookies to MotoGP Championship

Toni Wirsing wins the Red Bull Rookies to MotoGP Championship

Toni Wirsing wins the Red Bull Rookies to MotoGP Championship

Toni Wirsing, the youngest rider of a new generation of racers competing in the German Red Bull Rookies to MotoGP series, won his fourth race of the season last weekend and therefore clinched the title. Wirsing, only 13 years old, triumphed at the eighth and final round on the calendar, taking place at Hockenheim. Franz Aschenbrenner, (16 years), was second and Meik Minnerop, (13), completed the podium. After the spectacular emergence of Wirsing in this year's contest only Minnerop remained as his closest rival for the crown even though he trailed the leader by 16 points before Hockenheim.

Most of the action occurred in the first part of the GP. Franz Aschenbrenner headed the pack, closely followed by another thirteen year old Stefan Bradl, son of ex rider and GP winner Helmut Bradl. A crash by the latter gave extra impetus to the charge of Wirsing and on the seventh lap he hit the front, pulled away and was then able to cruise until the finish.

Wirsing, from Chemnitz won the Championship with 167 points, Minnerop earned the number two plate with 142 and Aschenbrenner settled in third overall with 99 points. Jessica Baruth (17 years) achieved recognition for being the fastest female in the 2003 series 2003. She finished fifth in the final standing.

The Red Bull Rookies to MotoGP junior scheme has been running in Germany since 2002 in collaboration with ADAC and Honda to find and promote new young motorcycle racing talent in the country. The objective is to support the best riders in the next few years so that they will make it to World Championship level. This season all the riders competed on Honda RS 125 machinery.

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125cc, 2003

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