Race two turned out to be yet another dramatic event in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup. This time it was won by 16-year-old French teen Alan Techer, who was chased across the line by 18-year-old Czech Tomas Vavrous and 15-year-old Dutchman Scott Deroue. Cup points leader Arthur Sissis was heading for victory but crashed three corners from the finish, gifting a six-point Cup advantage to Lorenzo Baldassarri who finished in sixth.
With the timing monitor showing 19 riders were vying for the lead, race two was intense. Too intense at times with riders and machines touching one another as they battled for position. Spain's 15-year-old Xavi Pinsach crashed spectacularly out of the leading pack when another rider inadvertently nudged his brake lever. Fortunately he wan't seriously hurt.
'It was the most incredible race,' said Techer. 'So close we were touching at almost every corner. I didn't get a good start and I just had to fight my way through. Then in the last three laps it was a battle between myself, Tomas, Scott and Arthur. We thought he had got away on the last lap but he crashed and it was between the three of us at the last corner. I opened the gas as early as I could through the last corner, I had a bit of a slide but I hung on and won.'
'An incredible weekend,' he added. 'I was so upset yesterday after Lukas (Trautmann) and I collided and I crashed, and I was determined to do something good today. It was such a tough race – hot and hard and so great to win.'
It was the last corner battle on the penultimate lap that had set up victory for Sissis following an incredible 13 laps in which no one had any kind of an advantage. As Deroue and the others got tangled, Sissis was gifted a half-second lead and had the momentum going into the 14th and final lap.
Sissis put his head down and looked straightahead – normally the perfect thing to do. This time a glance over his shoulder with half-a-lap to go would've revealed that he had opened up that advantage to almost a second as the others fought over every section of tarmac. And changing direction for the final time to get the drive up the hill to the finish he was too hard on the throttle, the rear came round and he was off.
Deroue had done most of the leading in the closing stages but a couple of mistakes on the last lap cost him dearly. 'The first mistake was the one at the first corner on the last lap. I changed up two gears and the engine bogged. I was furious with myself and had to fight back to the front. I got back into the lead up the hill into the last corner, battling with Alan and Tomas, but I went through the last corner in third instead of second and again the engine struggled so I lost the win and got third place.'
It was Vavrous who grabbed more points from the weekend than anyone else as he picked up a third and a second. 'I thought yesterday was my toughest ever Rookies race but this was even tougher. There was no planning, no tactics, it was just race as hard as you can at every corner. We were touching everywhere. On the last lap I was determined not to crash but I was also determined to get on the podium.'
James Flitcroft, the 15-year-old Brit, and 15-year-old Italian Stefano Valtulini both had great rides to finish fourth and fifth ahead of Cup leader Baldassarri, who gained so much from the Sissis crash.
'I didn't look back,' said Sissis. 'Everyone tells me off if I do. I didn't know I was way out in front like that, I so wanted to win the race, I tried,' he added with a shrug. 'Now my dad is going to say that I've given that KTM bike away,' laughed the Australian, referring to the winner's spoils at the end of the season. The final race of the year is at Misano on September 3.
Race 2 Classification
1. Alan Techer (FRA) 31 minutes 25.716 seconds
2. Tomas Vavrous (CZE) +0.034
3. Scott Deroue (NED) +0.203
4. James Flitcroft (GBR) +0.520
5. Stefano Valtulini (ITA) +0.603
6. Lorenzo Baldassarri (ITA) +0.638
7. Ivo Lopes (POR) +0.802
8. Florian Alt (GER) +0.849
9. Philipp Oettl (GER) +0.963
10. Brad Binder (RSA) +1.023