BASTIANINI WINS SEASON'S FINAL RACE!
Italian rider Enea Bastianini had his well-deserved moment of glory in the final race of the 2013 Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup season taking the win from Stefano Manzi and Marcos Ramirez on the Aragon Racing circuit in Spain.
Cup champion Karel Hanika of the Czech Republic who won the first race of the weekend on Saturday in Spain had his chances of a double victory spoiled when he exited with a technical fault in Lap 12 of the 15-lap race.
But while the trophies went to Enea Bastianini, Stefano Manzi and Marcos Ramirez, the first two from Italy and the latter form Spain, it was 16-year-old Turkish racer Toprak Razgatlıoğlu that was particularly impressive going into the final lap. He was half a second behind the front three but caught and passed them in an impressive display of riding. His chances of a podium were spoilt when the smaller built trio were able to tuck in behind him and make use of the slipstream advantage to get past. He finished in fourth place ahead of Diego Perez, Joan Mir and Jorge Martín.
Bastianini was impressive, fighting his way into the lead group from a 12th spot on the grid. He also showed smart tactics, making his bid for the win in the final stages. “It was hard work coming from the fourth row. I just pushed and pushed. I just got the perfect slipstream going down the back straight and held on through that last left, nothing was going to stop me winning.”
After Hanika went out, Dutch rider Scott Deroue was a definite candidate for a top spot but he slid off the track in the next lap. It was then down to a group of five riders and it was Manzi who led going into the final lap. He went on to pick up his fourth second place finish for the season. Ramirez also ended his season on a high note, taking his fifth third-place podium.
Hopefuls for next season’s competition will attend a Selection Event for the 2014 Rookies Cup intake will be held at the Monteblanco circuit near Seville (October 16-18) when more than a hundred riders will try out for the coming season. The Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup nurtures the next generation of top riders and they all compete on the single-cylinder, four-stroke Rookies Cup KTM RC250 RB machine.
Results Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup Aragon
All riders on KTM RC250 RB 4-stroke Moto3 machines
1. Enea Bastianini (I), 31:10.329 min
2. Stefano Manzi (I), +0.029 sec
3. Marcos Ramirez (E), +0.235
4. Toprak Razgatlıoğlu (TR), +0.294
5. Diego Perez (E), +0.327
Final Standings Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup after 14 rounds
1. Karel Hanika (CZ), 235 points
2. Jorge Martin (E), 163
3. Manzi, 154
4. Bastianini, 148
5. Ramirez, 145