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Ogura gets brilliant win in second race in Zhuhai

Ogura gets brilliant win in second race in Zhuhai

The Japanese rider won his first race in the Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup after an intense ten-rider battle.

Ai Ogura of Japan completed his best weekend in the Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup by winning the second of two races held this weekend at the Zhuhai International Circuit. Ogura, who was second yesterday by 32 thousandths of a second to Sasaki, today won ahead of fellow Japanese riders Masaki and Kunimine in front of more than 14.000 spectators.

The race, held over 17 laps, had a completely different feel to yesterday. On the first day the leading group was formed of five combatants while in Sunday’s race a massive 10 riders fought to the last lap.

After the start, pole setter Norrodin stood at the head of field, while the winner of yesterday, Sasaki, who had started third, was delayed at the start and ended the first lap in 12th. Ogura showed he was determined to score points with an active start to the race, attempting to break away from the leading group, but all were evenly matched and he settled in for the battle. Sasaki starred in a major comeback and had fought his way to third by the fifth lap.

The leading group swapped positions frequently and the fighting was fierce until the final stretch. Date, third yesterday, lost contact on the 12th lap and found himself unable to catch up while Atiratphuvapat fell on the penultimate lap. It all came down to the final lap in which a very safe Ogura was able to surpass Masaki by 100 thousandths of a second, a total of eight riders finishing within two seconds.

Alberto Puig, director of the Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup: “The pace has been slower than yesterday, which has allowed the group to be bigger and therefore more fun to watch. It is true that when the group is so great these guys, who are still very young, constantly try to take the lead, which drops the pace. We have seen some very interesting things, like a new winner in the Cup and Masaki, who did no finish yesterday, bouncing back to second. Now we go to Motegi with the best expectations. Sure the Japanese riders will go very quickly there which should help them to improve.”

Sasaki, who was only sixth, still leads the overall standings with 136 points, followed by Kunimine (107), Masaki (92), and Thailand’s Atiratphuvapat (89).

The next round of the Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup will take place on the 10th and 11th of October, alongside the Japanese Grand Prix of the MotoGP™ Championship at Twin Ring Motegi.

SAATC, 2015

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