Red Bull MotoGP Rookies: Alt v Oettl face off at Sachsenring

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

The championship pressure builds as the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup heads for the Sachsenring in Germany for races 9 and 10 this weekend.

The intensity of competing in front of their home crowd will bear on the German duo at the head of the points table as 16 year olds Florian Alt and Philipp Oettl face off against each other and the other 22 teenagers.

Alt took the points lead from Oettl with double victory last weekend at Assen and has 133 to his rival's 125, but both will face stiff competition. The likes of Portuguese 15 year old Ivo Lopes, Scott Deroue, the 16 year old Dutchman, Karel Hanika, the 16 year old Czech, the Britons, 14 year old Kyle Ryde and 15 year old Bradley Ray plus Spain's 14 year old Marcos Ramirez have all been on the podium this year and could shut out the Germans completely.

Then there are those who have yet to feature but have certainly shown capability, take a look at Simon Danilo and the 15 year old Frenchmen's fine riding that was finally rewarded with 4th on Saturday in Assen. Or the diminutive 13 year Stefano Manzi, a dreadful qualifier but great racer and 14 year old Jorge Martin who was well to the fore in both the Netherlands races.

Last but not least, Lorenzo Baldassarri, the 15 year old Italian who is our reigning Cup holder, no doubt still with some stiffness and discomfort from the dislocated shoulder he suffered in Friday's race at Assen.

Race 1 starts at 16.30 CET on Saturday July 7th and Race 2 is on Sunday at 15.50. Both can be seen live on redbull.tv and on TV stations around the world with the show beginning 10 minutes before the races get underway.

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