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Sissis fights them off in Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup Mugello

Sissis fights them off in Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup Mugello

16 year old Arthur Sissis won the 9th race of the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup season at Mugello on Saturday, 18 year old Tomas Vavrous was second and 13 year old Aaron Espana third.

“My bike was running so well and I enjoyed it, it was one of the best races we have had. The most important thing for me was finishing in front of Lorenzo, that's what I had to do,” exclaimed the winner Sissus.

The race began on a track damp with the riders on rain tyres. 14 year old Italian Baldassarri started 11th but was soon working his way forward into the lead battle. Sissis started from the 2nd row and lead from the first corner. He could never shake Vavrous, Espana and Baldassarri who went with him to open up an advantage on the pack.

The quartet changed place nearly every corner but the track quickly dried and the tyres started to degrade. Florian Alt charged through the pack towing with him 15 year old Spaniard Xavi Pinsach. They caught the lead group and made it a 6 man fight for the closing laps.

Espana was sensational on the brakes at the end of the front straight and through the climbing right handers at the opposite end of the circuit. Several times he grabbed the lead but couldn't keep it as the others picked up his slipstream on the front straight.

Alt's brilliant charge through the field had been at the expense of his tyres and neither he nor Pinsach were able to challenge for the podium on the final lap. Incredibly they were caught and passed by Philipp Oettl who had set the fastest lap of the race on lap 11 of the 13 to take fifth, an absolutely sensational performance considering the rain tyre degradation in the dry.

Off the podium for the first time in 4 races Baldassarri explained that the last corner cost him. “I thought I had the chance to be on the podium but going into the last left hander I was right behind Aaron and he braked too early. I had to brake and Tomas was on a different line and got past. It was a fun race and I did OK in the early laps but then the tyres were gone and it wasn't easy.”

Baldassarri now trails Sissis by 17 points but there are 5 races remaining in the Cup. The first of those are at the Sachsenring in 2 weeks time. Saturday July 16th and Sunday the 17th.


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