JORGE MARTIN CHARGES TO VICTORY IN ROUND 3 AT MUGELLO!
Jorge Martin was the man to beat when the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup riders took to the Mugello circuit on Saturday for Round Three of the 2014 cup competition.
Jorge Martin dominated the race from the very beginning and quickly distanced himself from the rest of the field while a group of five riders behind him jockeyed for position. By mid race Martin was leading by an overwhelming six seconds, leaving the rest of the field to scrap it out for the other podium places. When they crossed the line, it was a photo finish between two Italian riders, Manuel Pagliani and Stefano Manzi, who took 2-3 and separated by just four thousandths of a second.
Probably one of the unluckiest riders was Bradley Ray of the UK who was a podium contender along with Olley Simpson of Australia as the fight for the minor podium places began to tighten up in the final laps. Then Ray went out with a mechanical issue leaving Simpson to pick up an uncontested fourth overall.
“It was an incredible race. I knew I wanted to push from the beginning and I tried to increase the gap lap by lap,” said Martin. The victory puts him on top of the championship leader board five points ahead of Pagliani. Japanese rider Soushi Mihara, who finished sixth on Saturday on the sweeping Italian circuit is currently third. Mihara was the winner of the opening round.
Next Round: June 27-28, 2014 – Assen (NED)
Results Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup Mugello
All riders on KTM RC250 RB Moto3 machines
1. Jorge Martin (ESP), 30:48:158 min (16 laps)
2. Manuel Pagliani (ITA), +2.709 sec
3. Stefano Manzi (ITA), +2.713
4. Olly Simpson (AUS), +7.853
5. Toprak Razgatlioglu (TUR), +16.086
Standings Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup after 3 of 14 rounds
1. Martin, 61 points
2. Pagliani, 56
3. Soushi Mihara (JAP), 42
4. Manzi, 40
5. Joan Mir (ESP), 38
Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup