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Tide turns on Beach in Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup

Tide turns on Beach in Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup

JD Beach won the German round of the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup at Sachsenring on Saturday.

JD Beach seized the Cup lead with a great win at the German round of the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup while arch rival Luis Salom fell twice and scored no points at the Sachsenring. The 16 year old American victor now has a 7 point advantage over the 16 year old Spaniard with just 2 races remaining.

Beach had to fight all the way and crossed the line just ahead of 13 year old Japanese Daijiro Hiura and 17 year old Briton Matthew Hoyle. Just off the podium was German 15 year old Daniel Kartheininger who was only 1.5 seconds behind the winner after a superb fight that saw the quartet swap places several times at most corners.

The 5th place struggle was even more desperate with 8 teenagers fighting for it and 2 crashing at the second to last corner. Success went to the 15 year olds, Frenchman Nelson Major taking 5th ahead of South African Mathew Scholtz and another Frenchman Florian Marino.

The race and perhaps the championship was, to an extent, decided at the first corner as Norwegian Sturla Fagerhaug crashed and took out Cup leader Salom. Fagerhaug´s race was over but Salom remounted at the back of the field only to fall again as he tried to get back in the points. Fagerhaug had set out to banish the slow starts that blighted too many of his races this year.

The first lap ended with Kartheininger leading from Hoyle and Beach with Hiura back in 10th. Beach had said after practice that he needed to learn a bit more about the track and hoped to do it in the race by following the other guys. He showed himself a quick learner by grabbing the lead on lap 3.`I usually go better in the race than I do in practice and it just felt right,´ said Beach, who had both Nicky Hayden and Casey Stoner cheering him on the podium.

Though he now has a 15 point advantage all riders have to discount their worst score of the season and with Salom dropping his zero from this race Beach has to lose his 8 points from Assen so has only a 7 point buffer with two races at Brno to decide things.

Sachsenring race classification

1 JD BEACH
2 Daijiro HIURA +0.201
3 Matthew HOYLE +0.543
4 Daniel KARTHEININGER +1.515
5 Nelson MAJOR +13.290
6 Mathew SCHOLTZ +13.395
7 Florian MARINO +14.560
8 Peter SEBESTYEN +14.734
9 Cristian TRABALON +15.591
10 Markus REITERBERGER +27.716
11 Kevin CALIA +29.704
12 Nico THÖNI +32.660
13 Harry STAFFORD +43.366
14 Adam BLACKLOCK +55.649
15 Niklas AJO +1´46.103
16 Dylan MAVIN +1 lap

Standings

1 BEACH 144 pts
2 SALOM 129
3 FAGERHAUG 97
4 HIURA 96
5 MAJOR 79
6 RUIZ 60
7 OLIVEIRA 58
8 SCHOLTZ 52
9 KARTHEININGER 48
10 KORNFEIL 47
11 REITERBERGER 44
12 BROWN 42
13 MARINO 42
14 HOYLE 41
15 TRABALON 26
16 SEBESTYEN 25
17 CALIA 18
18 SHINOZAKI 17
19 BLACKLOCK 15
20 ELLIOTT 10
21 CAPPELLA 8
22 MAVIN 7
23 THÖNI 5
24 STAFFORD 3
25 JACQUET 3
26 AJO 1

Tags:
MotoGP, 2008, ALICE MOTORRAD GRAND PRIX DEUTSCHLAND

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