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Martin takes 2014 Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup title

Martin takes 2014 Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup title

Jorge Martin won the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup for 2014 with a masterful fourth while arch rival and fellow Spaniard Joan Mir won the thrilling 15-lap race 1 at Aragon on Saturday.

With seven teenagers in the battle for victory, Martin might have taken it easy and picked up the few points he needed but the 16-year-old only gave up on the race win in the final third of the lap as 17-year-old Mir locked horns with Stefano Manzi and Fabio Di Giannantonio ahead of him.

“I should have just been thinking about the championship,” admitted Martin. “But of course I wanted to win and right to the end I was going to try it but the other guys were very fast today. On that last lap there just wasn't the chance to do it without taking a big risk. So now I am champion and I can just enjoy going for the win tomorrow.”

Manzi, the 15-year-old Italian took his ninth podium of the year, flashing across the line just 0.011s behind Mir and 0.097s ahead of fellow countryman Di Giannantonio, also 15. “First I have to congratulate Jorge on winning the Cup,” said Mir immediately after the race. “I did everything I could, I won the race and that is it. All I can do now is try again tomorrow.”

For most of the race that quartet had been tussling with Brad Ray, the 17-year-old Briton, 17-year-old Turk, Toprak Razgatlıoğlu and Bo Bendsneyder, the 15-year-old Dutchman. In the last few laps Bendsneyder and Razgatlıoğlu lost a little ground and on the final tour Ray had water splash onto his screen and dropped back to cross the line seventh.

It was another fabulous Rookies Cup race with the leading seven drawing everything from the KTM RC 250 R's for the penultimate time this year. Manzi, Mir and Martin made the early running but first year Rookie Di Giannantonio pulled Ray, Razgatlıoğlu and Bendsneyder into contention and his podium finish was a just reward.


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