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Sebestyén on pole for Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup race

Sebestyén on pole for Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup race

Peter Sebestýen will start the fifth round of the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup on pole position, after a wet qualifying session at Mugello.

Hungarian 14 year old Peter Sebestyén remembered that he loves riding in the rain in time to take command of a very wet practice day for Saturday's Italian round of the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup at Mugello. The more regular front runners Sturla Fagerhaug and JD beach were 2nd and 3rd fastest with Cup leader Luis Salom down in 18th after a fall in the first qualifying session put his bike out of action for the second.

It was American 16 year old JD Beach who dominated the first of the two qualifying sessions and gave notice that he has every intention of jumping from second to first in the Cup standings this weekend. The teenager said afterwards; `I was pretty useless this morning in the free session. Then I watched the 125cc practice and said to myself, 'well if they can lean over that far then I've got to do the same otherwise I've got no business being a racer.´

The self analysis obviously worked, as for brief moments in the afternoon´s first qualifying session Beach was 4 seconds quicker than anyone else. In the end Matthew Hoyle cut that advantage to 2 seconds but in trying to reduce it even further Hoyle crashed and with the bike damaged could take no part in the second qualifying. The 17 year old Briton slipped to 15th by the end of the second period.

The track was still soaking wet as second qualifying began but the rain eased through the session and the rivers of water that had been streaming across the circuit eased slightly. As the times improved it was Beach and Fagerhaug along with Japanese 13 year old Daijiro Hiura, winner of the Portuguese round, who looked most likely to end up fastest but fell when his rear wheel locked up.

Fagerhaug grabbed the top spot with a lap to go and was determined to make sure of it with his final lap, but wasn´t quite able to do so.

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