Scott Deroue scored a sensational double win at the Portuguese Grand Prix at Estoril to lead the Red Bull MotoGP Cup points table after 4 of the 15 races. The 16 year old Dutchman repeated his genius of Saturday, running 2nd out of the final corner to inch past German 16 year old Philipp Oettl before the line. Karel Hanika, the 16 year old Czech, picked up a very close 3rd to match his own performance from the previous day.
“That was fantastic,”said Deroue who was 6th on the grid. “I seem to be able to get the good starts and I did again. We had a lot of fun in the race the guys were riding very well and I could just see that it was going to work out like yesterday. I went wide into the chicane on the last lap so no one could get past and then I had a good line through the last corners behind Philipp and I knew I could get him before the line.”
Oettl was not too devastated by losing on the line. “I’m happy to be back on the podium after such a difficult start to the Rookies season,” he said referring to the troubles he has had switching from the 4-stroke he rides in the Spanish Championship back to the 2-stroke KTM. “We had the bike working well this weekend and the only thing wrong yesterday was the start and the opening laps. Today I got away with the group and that made the difference. It is a great feeling to be up here again. I really thought I had it won out of the last corner but then I saw Scotty out of the corner of my eye.”
Florian Alt, who flashed across the line 2nd on Saturday was even more unlucky in the 2nd race, crashing out with 4 laps to go after a wicked almost-high-side that led into a brush with Hanika and fall that damaged the 16 year old German’s KTM. Up to the point Alt had done much of the leading just as he did on Saturday and the misfortune cost him the points lead.
Hanika was happy to be 3rd again. “It was another great race, a lot of fun. I changed my seating position a bit from yesterday and that made things better on the straights,” explained the lanky blond. “I was enjoying the race and then about 4 laps to go Florian hit me on the inside and went down, I don’t think it was my fault. I lost ground to Philipp and Scott but managed to catch back up, I just couldn’t get in front before the line.”
Not surprisingly Alt saw things differently. “The race was going fine up to then, no problems at all, then I was inside and Hanika hit me, there was nothing I could do.”
From 4 races Alt has been unlucky enough to fail to finish twice, a technical problem in Race 2 in Jerez after the 1st leg victory and another zero after 2nd in Race 1 in Estoril. He slipped from 1st to 3rd in the points table and local hero Ivo Lopes slipped from 2nd to 4th with similar misfortune. The home town hero failed to score after being brought down in the lead pack when 14 year old Briton Bradley Ray tucked the front on the brakes and took the wheels out from under the 15 year old Portuguese.
Crossing the line 4th was Kyle Ryde, the 14 year old Briton who had also been in the lead group all race. “We changed the suspension from yesterday looking for more grip. It helped in some places but I just couldn’t get the drive out of turn 4 and onto the back straight. We were still doing OK but then Florian crashed in front and it was tough to catch up from there.
The British 125 Champion defended his position ahead of 5th place finisher Joe Roberts who had also had a fine race, including snatching the lead, “That was great,” said the 14 year old American. “I knew I had to push hard from the start to get with the lead pack and that’s what I did. Then Bradley crashed and I lost touch a bit, I fought back but then Florian went down so it was difficult in the end but I am happy enough because I know I can run with the guys at the front.”
Races 5 and 6 of the 2012 Rookies Cup are at Silverstone on June 16th and 17th.
Source: Red Bull Rookies
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