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Red Bull MotoGP Rookies: Deroue beats Albert in Sachsenring

Red Bull MotoGP Rookies: Deroue beats Albert in Sachsenring

Scott Deroue won a cat and mouse race with Willi Albert to claim the 1st Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup race of the German Grand Prix weekend at the Sachsenring.

The 16 year old Dutchman crossed the line ahead of the 14 year old German after a fascinating battle on a rapidly drying circuit, both having to look after their rain tyres. Some 16 seconds behind them, 16 year old Czech Karel Hanika completed the rostrum positions and improved his Cup chances by closing the gap on Florian Alt and Philipp Oettl at the head of the table. The 16 year old Germans started way down the grid, with Alt claiming the points for 5th, Spaniard Aaron España finishing 6th, and Oettl 7th.

Deroue improved his points reckoning tremendously and is now only 2 behind Oettl and 12 behind Alt but for the moment he was only thinking of his 3rd win of the season. "That was a fun race, I got a good start and managed to have the lead into the 1st corner but I wanted to take it easy and feel out the track. Willi and some of the others were going fast though so I had to go with them. I left it to the end and had one go to lead but he got back in front then on the last lap he was a bit wide and I gave it full gas."

Albert had done most of the leading, crossing the line ahead for 12 of the 17 laps and was gracious in defeat. "It was a great race, I had a lot of fun. I felt confident with the tyres and the track but I knew Scott was there and there was nothing I could do about it."

Pole man Niccolo Castellini was battling for the lead from the start but after a couple of slides the 13 year old Italian crashed out on lap 6.

Race 2 begins at 15.50 CET and can be seen on link and on TV stations around the world, the show starting 10 minutes earlier.

Press release courtesy of Red Bull Rookies.


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