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Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup: Roberts charges from last to first

Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup: Roberts charges from last to first

A rain split Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup race at Brno on Saturday was won by 14 year old American Joe Roberts.

The Cardion ab Grand Prix České republiky Rookies event started in the dry but rain forced a restart, which was a 5 lap dash that Roberts won, ahead of Australian Arthur Sissis and Czech Tomas Vavrous.

The drama of Roberts' victory could not be bettered, he took the lead on the soaking wet track on lap 3 and charged away. It was only Sissis who could follow, passing for the lead on the last corner but running wide, allowing Roberts to tuck inside and win.

It was not only Roberts' first podium in Rookies Cup but it turned the weekend around for him completely. “I was enjoying the track but qualifying didn't go that well and I was only 17th on the grid. The first race, I don't even want to think about it, I was last. That put me at the back of the grid for the restart. I wasn't happy that it rained but then on the sighting lap I realized that there was quite a lot of grip. I just had to go for it.”

Sissis was not thrilled to be second, but much happier when he heard that he had the Cup lead back. “I couldn't believe the way that Joe went, he was so fast. I didn't think that I could go with him but I tried. I managed just to catch him at the last corner but then went wide, good on him, it was a great ride.”

Vavrous had been feeling the pressure of racing at home and was thrilled to get on the podium. “It was a big battle both in the dry race and in the rain. Right up to the last lap in the rain we were fighting for 3rd and I just managed to get it, we had a lot of fun, just like always in Rookies Cup.”

It is now only Sissis and Baldassarri that can win the Cup, there are two races remaining, the first being on Sunday at 15.30 CET. It can be seen on TV in many countries and is webcast live at with the show beginning 10 minutes before the races.


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