AUSTRALIAN SISSIS WINS RACE 2 AT ASSEN
Red Bull Rookie Arthur Sissis rose to the challenge in the second race at the Assen circuit this weekend and slipped past rival Lorenzo Baldassarri of Italy to exact revenge for Friday’s result and again assume the lead in the Cup Standings.
On Friday it was the 14-year-old Italian that stole the limelight in the last lap to level the championship leadership. Third on the podium was Florian Alt of Germany.
The young riders, who are all on identical KTM 125 RR machines had yet another day of changing track conditions on the traditional Dutch circuit although the track was drier than Friday’s race when a number of the young competitors exited via the gravel thanks to standing water and slippery surfaces on the track.
Pole man James Flitcroft, who finished third on Friday got a good start but Sissis and Baldassarri were past him by the end of the first lap. Then a pack of following riders had Flitcroft in their line of vision while Alt charged from back at 18th place. He shot past Flitcroft at the half way mark to be four seconds behind the two leaders. Three laps later he was on their tail pipes and even briefly took the lead before wear and tear on the slicks caused the three leaders to exercise caution. The fight between Sissis and Baldassarri again went down to the wire in the final thrilling lap.
Sissis: “I tried to get away but Lorenzo was always there, after about four laps the tires were shredded. Then I couldn't believe it when Alt passed us both and that made it more complicated. We got away from him but I knew that Lorenzo was the big problem. He was in front on the last lap, I'd got it wrong yesterday so I went the other side and passed him on the brakes going down to the chicane, I didn't know if the front was going to hold up on the brakes, I think my heart stopped, I just explain the feeling going into the last corner.”
Baldassarri: “It was another great race, a lot of fun. I was in front on the last lap but Sissis was later on the brakes coming down to the last corner, he did a great job. Still I enjoyed this weekend and I am looking forward to my home race at Mugello next week.”
Alt: “It was hard work to come from 18th but when I got away from the pack and could see the leaders I just went for it. I had used the tires so hard catching them that they were completely destroyed at the end. The bike was sliding so much I realized that third place was a good result today and better than crashing on the last lap.”
Sissis now leads by five points from Baldassarri with six races remaining in the season. There is a single Rookies Cup race at the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello in a week's time on Saturday June 2nd at 16.30 CET.
Race 2 Classification
1, Arthur Sissis, Australia, 27 minutes 5.184 seconds
2, Lorenzo Baldassarri, Italy, +0.222
3, Florian Alt, Germany, +1.425
4, Alan Techer, France, +7.081
5, Xavier Pinsach, Spain, +7.393
Standings after Race 2
1, Sissis, 141
2, Baldassarri, 136
3, Techer, 81
4, Lukas Trautmann, Austria, 78
5, Ivo Lopes, Portugal, 64
6, Philipp Oettl, Germany, 61