ALAN TECHER WINS AT BRNO IN NAIL-BITER RED BULL MOTOGP ROOKIES CUP AT BRNO
French rider Alan Techer emerged the number one rider in a 12-man dash for the finish in the second of two Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup races on the Brno MotoGP circuit in the Czech Republic this weekend, delivering one of the most thrilling finishes so far this season.
Czech rider Tomas Vavrous and Scott Deroue of the Netherlands picked up the minor places but the real drama came when championship and race leader Arthur Sissis of Australia crashed on the final lap throwing open the race for the title, which will now be decided between him and Italian Lorenzo Baldassarri in the final single race at Misano Italy. After Sissis recording a DNF on Sunday Baldassarri now has a narrow six-point lead in the title race.
“It was the most incredible race,” said Techer. “So close, we were touching at almost every corner. I didn't get a good start and I just had to fight my way through. Then in the last three laps it was a battle between me, Tomas, Scott and Arthur. We thought Arthur (Sissis) had got away on the last lap but he crashed and it was between the three of us at the last corner. I opened the gas as early as I could through the last corner, I had a bit of a slide but I hung on and won.”
The drama of the 14-lap race on the high speed and gently undulating Brno circuit was intensified because no one had a real advantage until the final lap. Then Sissis pulled away, seizing the advantage while the others behind him jockeyed for positions and he had a 30 second advantage going into the final lap. Then the young Australian’s world fell apart when he was too hard on the throttle three corners from the finish and he ended in the gravel on the side of the track.
The young Dutch rider Deroue was at the forefront of the battle for the minor places and was frequently in the lead in the closing stages of the race before Sissis took control. Vavrous, a veteran Rookies competitor, said it had been his toughest Rookies race. “There was no planning, no tactics, it was just race as hard as you can at every corner. We were touching everywhere. On the last lap I was determined not to crash but I was also determined to get on the podium.”
Fifteen year olds, James Flitcroft of Britain and Italian Stefano Valtulini, rode well and finished fourth and fifth ahead of Cup leader Baldassarri who will have his chance to convert his result into a title victory on September 3 in Misano. Rookies all compete on KTM 125 machines.
Race Two Sunday
1, Alan Techer, France, 31 minutes 25.716 seconds
2, Tomas Vavrous, Czech Republic, +0.034
3, Scott Deroue, Netherlands +0.203
4, James Flitcroft, Britain +0.520
5, Stefano Valtulini, Italy +0.603
6, Lorenzo Baldassarri, Italy +0.638
7, Ivo Lopes, Portugal, +0.802
8, Florian Alt, Germany, +0.849
9, Philipp Oettl, Germany +0.963
10, Brad Binder, South Africa +1.023
Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup Standings
1, Lorenzo Baldassarri, Italy, 192
2, Arthur Sissis, Australia, 186 (title will be decided between Baldassarri and Sissis in final race at Misano)
3, Alan Techer, France, 152
4, Philipp Oettl, Germany, 121
5, Tomas Varvrous, Czech Republic, 103
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