Yamanaka triumphs in race long battle at the Red Bull Ring

Japanese rider takes his first win from his first pole

From his first pole position, Ryusei Yamanaka took a superb first Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup win in Austria. The 16-year-old Japanese rider fought a huge lead pack all through the 17 laps of the Red Bull Ring, flashing across the line just ahead of Xavier Artigas, the 15-year-old Spaniard, and Cup points leader Can Öncü.

The 14-year-old Turkish Öncü twins had not qualified well in the drying conditions and while Deniz charged through from 14th to the front very quickly, brother Can went backwards from eighth and had a big struggle to get that rostrum finish.

Perfect plunge