Red Bull Rookies: Sachsenring Sunday
German GP Results
American Red Bull Rookie Jake Gagne made it a weekend to remember at Germany’s Sachsenring winning both Saturday’s and Sunday’s races by deploying the same smooth tactics in the final stages of both races to be first through the checkered flag.
Brad Binder, 14, of South Africa was again a contender for the top of the podium on the second day right up till the final corner but was again able to out maneuver Gagne and had to settle for second.
Japan’s Daijiro Hiura made a comeback to the podium and snatched third place after an impressive ride from the rear of the pack.
It was an unlucky day for the two former championship leaders. Britain’s Danny Kent who topped the leader board going into the race and his closest rival this season, Spaniard Daniel Ruiz, crashed during the race. Kent managed to rejoin the race and both were uninjured.
Jake Gagne says: “I was pretty confident I could do it again. It was a good race yesterday and there was no reason why it should be different. At one point Brad and I got away from the others a bit but I wasn’t too surprised when they closed back up again.”
“Then it was all one group and I pretty much played it like yesterday and managed to get away just before the end. I knew that Brad was with me again but he’s a good guy and I didn’t expect him to do anything crazy and take us both out. I knew he was a little bit frustrated that he couldn’t get past me at the last corners yesterday but I was strong there and I braked even a bit deeper and held on.”
Brad Binder says: “Yah, the start was fantastic, I think I was about fourth going into the first corner. Then I got up with Jake and he and I went away a bit but we couldn’t stay clear of the group. Then later on I had a go at leading but also couldn’t get away. On the last lap I really wanted to have a go at Jake but he was just too good today… next time.”
Daijiro Hiura says: “Yes I wasn’t happy with one point yesterday. But I knew that I had found quite a good rhythm and if I didn’t have trouble I could make a good result. I didn’t make a great start but we could close the gap on Jake and Brad so it was a great race. On the last lap I was going to try and win but I made a slight mistake and lost them so I will have to wait until Brno.”
Danny Kent says: “My start wasn’t bad but I got squeezed from both sides going into the first corner, I was almost stopped and dead last going down the hill. I think made up 8 seconds to catch the leaders but I must have taken too much out of the tyres because when I fell I wasn’t doing anything different. At least I did get a few points out of it.”
Daniel Ruiz says: “Honestly I don’t know what I did wrong, I lost the front and unfortunately took Kevin out as well. I have lost a lot of points but I just have to come back at the next race.”
Alejandro Pardo says: “I didn’t make a good start but the bike was perfect, this is my favourite track and that corner at the bottom of the tight section where I passed Jake (Gagne) is a lot of fun. By the end though my tyres were destroyed and that’s why I was having trouble.”
Tomas Vavrous says: “I didn’t mean to push him out. I enjoyed that a lot even though this has never been a favorite track for my. The bike was great and it was just the final corner that I had trouble with in both races, yesterday I missed a gear and this time Pardo came inside. Anyway I still enjoyed it.”
Gagne stormed into the Cup points lead as nearest rivals Daniel Ruiz and Danny Kent both crashed. Kent remounted to finish 12th and now lies 2nd in the table, 14 points behind Gagne with Ruiz 3rd, another 10 points adrift but 4 clear of Hiura who is 4th.
Race 2 Classification
1. Jacob Gagne (USA) 28 minutes 51.091 seconds (145.050 km h)
2. Brad Binder (RSA) +0.119
3. Daijiro Hiura (JPN) +0.667
4. Alejandro Pardo (ITA) +2.670
5. Tomas Vavrous (CZE) +2.687
6. Alexander Kristiansson (SWE) +2.777
7. Taylor Mackenzie (GBR) +3.810
8. Joshua Hook (AUS) +9.738
9. Arthur Sissis (AUS) +22.148
10. Florian Alt (GER) +22.627
1 Gagne, 117 points
2. Danny Kent, Britain, 103
3. Daniel Ruiz, Spain, 93
4. Hiura, 89
5. Binder, 87
The next Rookies Cup races are on August 14th and 15th as part of the Grand Prix of the Czech Republic at Brno with a single race to conclude the season at Misano on September 4th.