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Salom victory extends Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup lead

Salom victory extends Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup lead

Luis Salom was the worthy winner of a closely-contested Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup race in Mugello.

Luis Salom extended his lead in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup with a superb win from the 5th row of the grid. An almost race long battle with American JD Beach gave the 16 year old Spaniard victory number 4 from 5 races with Beach collecting his 5th 2nd place and 13 year old Japanese Daijiro Hiura completing the rostrum.

That was such a hard race," said Salom, who has a 13 point advantage over 16 year old Beach half way through the 10 race season. `After the crash in the first qualifying session the bike was wrecked and I couldn't ride in the second. So I was 18th on the grid and I just had to go so hard right from the start.

`Passing some of the guys wasn't too hard but when I got to the front of the pack JD had about 4 seconds advantage. I thought it was going to be hard to win this one. I pushed and pushed so I was happy to catch him in a few laps and take the lead. He fought back, it was a lot of fun. We collided, wow, that was crazy, I had my head down and didn't even know he was there beside me until we hit.´

Beach had led from early on, getting the better of Hiura who also started from the front row before completing the first lap. He knew that it was no time to relax as Salom could be expected to be making up ground.

Even Hiura was a little frustrated with his close third place. `I just didn't feel comfortable on the bike through the chicane sections here, and there are a lot of those. I felt heavy, cumbersome. It is something I've really got to work on,´ said the first year Rookie who was about one second behind the lead battle for almost all the race.

Ten seconds further back was the 3 man struggle for 4th that went in favour of 16 year old Spaniard Daniel Ruiz over 15 year old German Daniel Kartheininger and 15 year old Czech Jakob Kornfeil.

13 year old Italian Kevin Calia suffered a heavy fall, thrown from his bike exiting the fast downhill left hander at the end of the 3rd lap. He was taken to hospital for observation and is conscious.

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MotoGP, 2008, GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA ALICE

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