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Martin takes the win in second Sachsenring Rookies race

Martin takes the win in second Sachsenring Rookies race

Cup leader Jorge Martin won an all too exciting Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup Race 2 at the Sachsenring and was chased over the line by Brad Ray.

Saturday's winner Toprak Razgatlıoğlu came back from a fall to pick up third place, almost as unbelievable as his victory the previous day.

Martin, the 17-year-old Spaniard, was surprised to be standing on the top step of the podium after a three bike crash with just three laps remaining elevated him from fifth to second. “It was a tough race and I am so sorry that the other guys did not finish, I really don't deserve this win because before the crash I wasn't going to be standing here,” admitted Martin.

“After the others went out,” explained Martin. “Ray was ahead and I pushed to catch him and managed to get past, it really was a shock to cross the line first. I was in quite a lot of pain because I had a bang on the start line yesterday and really hurt my right foot, I am lucky that this circuit is mostly left handers because otherwise it would have been worse.”

Ray, the 17-year-old Briton, looked to be in shock in parc fermé and on the podium. “It was a great race until we came down the hill with a couple of laps to go and I got a great run and went to the inside, I felt someone hit the back of my bike and I thought, what was that. As I came through the corner I looked behind and saw no-one and thought, 'oh no what have I done?'” he said as he stepped down from the podium and was then invited by the stewards to discuss the incident. He was given three caution points.

It had been a very close five man battle for the lead over the last half of the race with the fastest man from Saturday, 17-year-old Manuel Pagliani, doing most of the leading from fellow countryman, 15-year-old, Stefano Manzi. Oscar Gutierrez, the 13-year-old Spaniard, ran third ahead of Ray and Martin.

On Saturday Pagliani clearly had pace on the field and had a huge lead when he crashed but this time he couldn't break free. Neither could Manzi when he had his chance in front. Even with considerably less experience Gutierrez was as quick as anyone on the identical KTM RC 250 Rs and the winner looked most likely to be one of them.

Coming down the hill to the penultimate corner with three laps remaining Ray had a great slipstream and the pace to go past. But as he moved right Pagliani went left and they touched. Pagliani was unsettled and bounced into Manzi both went down, taking Gutierrez out with them.

Ray was handed the lead but was obviously distracted and Martin quickly caught him and set about winning the race. They crossed the line together, separated by just 0.062s but a full 18 seconds ahead of third placed Razgatlıoğlu.

With seven races completed the second half of the Rookies Cup season starts in Brno, Czech Republic on August 16th & 17th.


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