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Brno ready for Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup finale

Brno ready for Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup finale

It all comes down to two races at Brno this coming weekend to decide the 2008 Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup title.

With 50 points still at stake for a double Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup victory, the favourites going into the two-race final round at Brno are 16 year-old American JD Beach and 17 year-old Spaniard Luis Salom - though it is not just a two-rider contest.

Norwegian 16 year-old Sturla Fagerhaug and 14 year-old Japanese rider Daijiro Hiura both still have mathematical chances of wining the Cup and will certainly play an important part in the outcome of the two races, one on Saturday and the other on Sunday 17th August.

Because the Cup rules have each rider dropping their worst result, Beach, who has scored in every race, will have to discount one and hence goes into the final weekend with just a seven point advantage over Salom. Salom´s similar consistency was ruined when he was brought off by Fagerhaug in the first corner at the Sachsenring.

Making a welcome return to the Cup is 15 year-old Scot Deane Brown who last raced at the Portuguese round before breaking his leg in a British Championship event at Brands Hatch. Brown had looked like being one of the stars of this year´s Cup and his results from three races still have him twelfth in the points standings.

With two races to go he is certainly out to make it into the top ten and thus claim a place in the MotoGP Rookies Cup Team that will go to Indianapolis to take on the best of the AMA U.S. Rookies, contesting the Riders Cup for the first time on 14th September.

Making the Team to go to the US will be the aim of all the Rookies this coming weekend and with so many points at stake no-one can be counted out completely. Of course the top men have their places on the squad already secure and have their eyes fixed firmly on the Riders Cup.

Beach likes the circuit in the Czech Republic and states, `I had my best result there last year and I am not going to put too much pressure on myself.´

The American has improved beyond recognition from the road racing newcomer who was eighth at Brno last year and only sixteenth in the standings at the end of the 2007 season.

Beach has been on the rostrum at most of the races this year but only finally claimed his first victory at the previous round in Germany.

Salom, who was fourth overall in the Cup last year - with a win in Assen, a second at Jerez and fourth at Brno - started this season as though he would dominate it completely, with four wins from the first five races.

Inconsistency and a bit of bad luck took the edge off that domination, but he remains confident. `I think that I can do it. Brno is a good track and I did OK there last year. I know I must win.´


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