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Trautmann and Baldassarri share victories in Britain

Trautmann and Baldassarri share victories in Britain

Austrian Lukas Trautmann and Italian Lorenzo Baldassarri both claimed victories at the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup contested at the Silverstone circuit.

The rain delayed first Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup race at Silverstone turned out to be sensational as Austrian 15 year old Lukas Trautmann led a 5 man pack across the line. Chasing him home was Portuguese 14 year old Ivo Lopes ahead of Kevin Argino.

The race began with 14 year old Lorenzo Baldassarri jumping into a strong lead that turned into a 3 second advantage at the end of lap one. But when the sun came out, a dry line began to appear and the lap times dropped. Suddenly it was clear that Baldassarri was not the quickest man on the track, as Hafiq Azmi, the 14 year old Malaysian caught the group fighting for second. The group closed rapidly on the leader Baldassarri, swapping positions and dropping Techer as they went.

With 2 laps to go it was anyone's race, as the top 5 came down the long Hangar Straight on the last lap 5 abreast. Last to brake was Lopes but he ran wide and it was Trautmann who came through for an unchallenged win.

“On the last lap I never imagined it was possible to win, I was in front but then four guys passed me down the straight and I thought, 'no it can't end like this,' into the corner off the straight I just braked so late and managed to come out in front. Incredible, I can't believe it,” exclaimed the Austrian.

The battle for the win ended with Lopes in second, Argino in third, Baldassarri fourth and Azmi finishing fifth.

Lorenzo Baldassarri then destroyed the opposition in a soaking wet and freezing cold second race on Sunday. The 14 year old Italian shot off into the lead, and though the previous day’s winner, 15 year old Trautmann pursued him, Baldassarri won the race by 11 seconds ahead of Trautman.

“I am very happy, it was a great race, I made a good start and I immediately found a good feeling,” said Baldassarri. “I was very comfortable going at that speed and I only had a slide on the first lap when I ran on the grass. I was cold and wet but I knew I could win if I didn't make any mistakes.”

Third man home was 16 year old Frenchman Alan Techer, who started from pole position and battled for third with 17 year old Czech Tomas Vavrous until the Czech crashed on lap 9.

Ivo Lopes had a lonely ride into fourth place, followed by Javier Pinsach who battled for fifth with Stefano Valtulini until 14 year old Valtulini made a mistake on the last lap. Cup leader Arthur Sissis crossed the line 6th after an intense struggle with Josep Garcia, who was in front of Sissis just before he crashed on the last lap.

With 6 of the 14 races run there are many points still to claim, with the first on offer at Assen on June 24th and 25th.


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