Binder, Sissis, Take Wins at Estoril for Red Bull Rookies Cup

Sissis_leads_BaldassarriBrad Binder and Arthur Sissis took a win a piece this weekend during the second round of the Red Bull Rookies Cup in Estoril.

In race 1, Brad Binder dominated from the start, and ended up taking victory by more than 15 seconds ahead of Sissis.

“I just put my head down and went as hard as I could from the start,” said Binder. “When I saw the gap was 4 seconds I realised that it was going OK but I wanted to keep pushing and I only eased up right at the end. In fact I almost crashed at the chicane on the last lap when the front tucked but I got away with it.”

It looked like Binder was on his way to a repeat performance during race two, but the young Rookie couldn’t handle his speed and went down on the second lap. Binder would later rejoin the race, but would finish out of the points.

With Binder out, the door was open for Sissis. Sissis claimed his second win of the season during race two, and extended his lead on the overall standings to 27 points over Lorenzo Baldassarri.

“I really enjoyed that, we’d made some changes to the bike after yesterday and it was a lot better but I knew that racing with Brad was not going to be easy,” said Sissis. “He got another great start and I just tried to go with him. Then he highsided in front of me and that made things a lot easier.

“I still had Lorenzo on my tail and I knew from my pit board he was right with me. I didn’t want to make any mistakes so I waited till the last few laps to really push and try and get away. I was still expecting him to try and outbrake me so I was covering the inside line on the last few laps. I looked behind after crossing the line and he wasn’t that close.”

Baldassarri chased Sissis throughout the race, and was almost able to overtake him at the end. Baldassarri finished .8 seconds behind Sissis during race two, giving the 14-year-old Italian a 3-2 finish for the weekend.

Race 1 Results

  1. Brad Binder (RSA) 29 minutes 52.963 seconds
  2. Arthur Sissis (AUS) +15.929
  3. Lorenzo Baldassarri (ITA) +24.667
  4. Alan Techer (FRA) +38.011
  5. Joakim Niemi (FIN) +38.049
  6. Ivo Lopes (POR) +38.141
  7. Xavier Pinsach (ESP) +38.211
  8. Aaron España (ESP) +38.269
  9. Andrea Migno (ITA) +47.632
  10. Lukas Trautmann (AUT) +47.691

Race 2 Results

  1. Arthur Sissis (AUS) 29 minutes 57.014 seconds
  2. Lorenzo Baldassarri (ITA) +0.867
  3. Xavier Pinsach (ESP) +13.670
  4. Alan Techer (FRA) +14.396
  5. Joe Roberts (USA) +25.215
  6. Lukas Trautmann (AUT) +25.219
  7. Joakim Niemi (FIN) +27.143
  8. Aaron Espana (ESP) +28.016
  9. James Flitcroft (GBR) +28.787
  10. Kevin Argino (ITA) +28.878

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Sissis Set The Pace For Red Bull Rookies Cup in Estoril

red_bull_rookies_cupThe Red Bull Rookies Cup finished up its testing session in Estoril today, and it was Australian Arthur Sissis who claimed the top spot on the time sheets. Sissis set his fastest time on Saturday, which remained the benchmark throughout a wet testing session in Spain.

Sissis wasn’t able to improve upon the time he set on Saturday, but he was still the fastest in the wet on the final day of testing.

“I’ve learned a lot these three days, especially about riding in the wet,” Sissis said. “I’ve only ridden a few wet races and now I think I know a lot more but I am still finding out more every time I go out. It is hard to know just how fast I can go into the corners in the wet, plus it is changing all the time so it’s not easy.”

Sissis, 15, was followed by South African Brad Binder and 13-year-old Aaron Espana.

“It was a good test, I haven’t had much experience in the rain and I had never been to Estoril before so I learned a lot,” Espana said. “I love the bike, it is fast and easy to ride and I had a lot of fun on the track. Only the chicane I found very difficult. I knew that the level of the Rookies Cup is very high and I didn’t expect to be running near the front so after being eighth fastest in the dry I am happy with the way things went. I am really looking forward to Jerez and even though I have never ridden there I will be trying for a top 10 result.”

The Red Bull Rookies Cup will begin on April 2nd and 3rd in Jerez.

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