Sissis storms to top-five finish

Arthur Sissis Le Mans
Sunday, 20 May 2012

Red Bull KTM Ajo rider Arthur Sissis scored a fantastic fifth place in the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France, as his rookie season continues to go from strength to strength.

Australian youngster Arthur Sissis rode an excellent Moto3™ race at Le Mans to score fifth place in only his fifth Grand Prix start.

In treacherous conditions at the French circuit the 16 year-old remounted after an early crash to work his way through the field, adding to an impressive Moto3 debut of seventh in Qatar with another assured ride.

"It was really hard because the track was so wet and it was so cold, and I couldn't see anything," Sissis told motogp.com. "At the start of the race I just tried to stay behind Sandro. I was, and then I made a really big mistake and I ran straight through the chicane, and I lost a bit of time. Then I was by myself and I just tried going at my own pace.

"When [Alex] Rins passed me I stayed with him and then I couldn't see anything, I think it was with 10 laps to go. So then I slowed down and [Niccolò] Antonelli passed me and I saw P5 and I was happy, so I started slowing down! It was really good."

Commenting on the conditions, Sissis added: "It was really hard, and especially because I couldn't see through the visor and the front screen. I was riding all the way down the straight with my head up so I could see! I've never been in fifth position before, well I have but not for so long in the race! In a hard race like that it's really good."

Sissis's World Championship debut came in last year's Malaysian GP where he rode a one-off 125cc race in the penultimate round of the 2011 season, and he also finished last year's Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup as runner-up.

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