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Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Sachsenring: Oettl on home soil

Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Sachsenring: Oettl on home soil

Philipp Oettl put on a superb display to win the first Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup race of the weekend at the Sachsenring. The German got the best of a 12 man battle for the lead beating South African Brad Binder and Dutch Scott Deroue across the line.

Cup leader Arthur Sissis had a disastrous race, the 16 year old Australian suffering machine problems just before the start. The bike was swapped in the pit lane for a spare and he started half a lap behind, never getting close to a points scoring position.

His arch rival in the Cup chase, 14 year old Italian Lorenzo Baldassarri, was in that 12 man battle for the lead that dwindled to a 5 man group that fought all the way to the line. The Italian finished 6th and closed the points deficit to Sissis to just 7.

“That was such a fun race,” said the victorious Oettl. “It was a really hard fight with a big group of riders all the way. When it came to the last lap I just went as hard as I could in the hope of opening up a little bit of a gap before the last corners,' concluded Oettl who set the fastest lap of the race and crossed the line just 3 10ths of a second ahead of Binder.

For Binder, it was his third 2nd place in a row at the Sachsenring, after his fine finishes last year. “A bit frustrating and I certainly want to change that tomorrow, but it was a great race and I am so happy to be back on the podium. It was so intense, Alan Techer and I hit each other hard, I think he went right as I flicked left, luckily we got away with it.”

That was just one of the incidents at the head of the field in a drama packed race. No one had a better view than Deroue who was towards the back of the lead group for much of the time. “It was incredible, such a great race, we were touching and bumping, overtaking at every corner. When Florian Alt crashed in front of me I almost hit him. On the last lap, coming down the hill I saw I could pass Techer for 3rd and I went for it.”

The second race of the weekend is on Sunday, starting at 15.30 CET and can be seen on television stations around the world and is also webcast on with the show starting 10 minutes before the race.

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