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Red Bull MotoGP Rookies: Trautmann over Manzi by 0.003 in Sachsenring

Red Bull MotoGP Rookies: Trautmann over Manzi by 0.003 in Sachsenring

Lukas Trautmann beat Stefano Manzi across the line by 0.003 to win one of the most intense Red Bull MotoGP Cup battles in the 6-year history of the Cup.

Saturday's winner Scott Deroue was a very close third just ahead of Cup leader Florian Alt. There were reversals of fortune at almost every turn and starting the last lap 16 year old German Florian Alt had the lead over Czech 16 year old Karel Hanika and 15 year old Belgian Livio Loi. The lead pack of more than 10 riders had traded places all the way through the 19 lap race and there was no let-up in the final lap.

Trautmann had a huge slide exiting the penultimate corner and Manzi was able to pounce up the inside into the last turn. He was tight going in though and Trautmann had the wider, faster entry, enough to draw past as they flashed across the line. Trautmann stated: “Such hard fighting all the way, I have never been in a race like it. I know the lap times were not as quick as we did in free practice and I think that it is because the thunderstorm washed all the rubber of the track and the grip wasn't there.”

Manzi summed up the race nicely: “Such a fun race all the way, I was in the group in about 7th place for much of the race, we were all fighting so hard. On the last lap I managed to get in front when Lukas made a mistake and I thought I had won it but he was faster out of the last corner.”

There were two mechanical failures, notably Philipp Oettl who had started the race just 10 points behind Alt but retired from 9th place on lap 3 with gearbox problems. Disappointment also for British 125 Champion Kyle Ryde as the 14 year old was well in the hunt until an electrical problem put him out.

Deroue has taken 2nd place in the points chase and is now just 9 behind Alt and 14 ahead of Oettl.


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