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Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup Race 1: Baldassarri steals it from Sissis

Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup Race 1: Baldassarri steals it from Sissis

Lorenzo Baldassarri rode an incredible last 2 laps, taking 3 seconds out of Arthur Sissis on a drying track to win the first Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup race of the Dutch TT at Assen.

15 year old James Flitcroft took 3rd after setting off from his first pole position, getting the better of a superb struggle with 14 year old Portuguese Ivo Lopes. There was great drama and battles all through the field as usual but it was the race for the win that had everyone fixated.

“At first I just wanted to feel my way around,” said Sissis, explaining the search for grip in the early laps after a storm swept across the track just before the start, soaking it completely. “Then we got going and it was just me and Lorenzo. Then I saw on my pit board that I had a 2 second lead and looking at one of the big screens I saw a replay of Lorenzo having a big moment so I knew what had happened.”

“I just kept going but I guess I wasn't making enough use of the dry patches because the gap came down to a second and then suddenly Lorenzo was going past. I got back at him and managed to get in front but just drifted wide coming out of the fast left hander and that was it,” concluded Sissis.

Baldassarri admitted that he was right on the limit: “I didn't make a great start, but everything was going OK until I nearly crashed coming out of the chicane. I started to close and then I just took a big risk to crash because it was the only way I was going to win.”

The biggest smile on the podium was from James Flitcroft who leapt clear of his early season frustrations to claim his first podium. “This is just fantastic; I just needed the self belief to be able to do this. This is the best thing that has happened in my career. I am looking forward to tomorrow's race and I don't care if it is wet or dry.”

Saturday's 2nd race at Assen is at the unusually early time of 10.25 CET. Watch the races on TV around the world or on with the shows beginning 10 minutes before race start.

MotoGP, 2011, IVECO TT ASSEN, Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup

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