Red Bull MotoGP Rookie Jorge Martin of Spain was the star attraction this weekend at Rds. 10-11 at Britain’s Silverstone racing circuit when he cleaned up in both rounds to surge ahead in the Cup points with only three rounds to go.
Martin won the rain-interrupted Rd. 10 on Saturday and dominated Sunday’s race from pole to flag, leaving the rest of the field to scrap it out behind him for the minor honors. Martin’s two closest rivals Joan Mir (Spain) and Stefano Manzi of Italy joined him on the podium on Saturday while on Sunday it was again Manzi and 15-year-old Dutchman Bo Bendsneyder who claimed the minor podiums after a fierce seven-rider battle in the last stages of the race.
Martin said he had been working on his starts and this certainly worked for him this weekend in Silverstone: “I have been working on those starts and I got another good one. Then I just pushed. I still thought it was going to be a big battle like yesterday but I was watching my pit board and soon there was a good gap,” he said after Sunday’s race. He set a blistering pace throughout the race and finished with a six-second margin to the following group.
Manzi was happy to have moved up a place from Saturday to Sunday but still aspires to win a race in the series. “I climbed up a step. Not to where I wanted to be but starting from tenth it wasn’t possible to do anything about Jorge today. I talked it over with my mechanic and worked out some different lines. Coming through the last lap I was determined to be at the front of the group.”
Manzi, who is third in the points behind Martin and Mir is confident that he can deliver a good result in the next round in Misano when he races in front of his home crowd.
Already with a win at his home GP, Bendsneyder is having an impressive first Rookies Cup season and had to slog it out for his podium third on Sunday.
Just three races are left in the series and the next is at Misano in two weeks, on September 13th.
Results of Rd. 10 at Silverstone, Great Britain
(All riders on KTM RC 250 R)
Note: Race reduced to five laps after the initial start was red flagged because of rain
1, Jorge Martin, ESP, 11 minutes 35.791
2, Joan Mir, ESP, at 0.045
3, Stefano Manzi, ITA, at 0.185
4, Manuel Pagliani, ITA, 0.429
5, Bradley Ray, GBR, at 0.575
6, Bo Bendschneyder, NED, at 0.588
7, Oscar Gutierrez, ESP, at 0.796
8, Fabio Di Giannantonio, ITA, at 7.318
9, Toprak Razgatlıoğlu TUR, at 7.661
10, Darryn Binder RSA at 8.418
Results of Rd. 11 at Silverstone, Great Britain
(All riders on KTM RC 250 R)
1, Joan Mir, ESP, 32:12.719
2, Stefano Manzi, ITA, at 5.134
3, Bo Bendsneyder, NED, at 5.304
4, Bradley Ray, GBR, at 5.400
5, Joan Mir, SPA, at 5.834
6, Fabio Di Giannantonio, ITA, at 5.900
7, Olly Simpson, AUS, at 6.247
8, Manuel Pagliani, ITA, at 17.481
9, Soushi Mihara, JPN, at 17.988
10, Aris Michail, GER at 33.776
Standings after Rd. 11
1, Martin, 205 points
2, Mir, 156
3, Manzi, 140
4, Ray 180
5, Mihara 110
Image courtesy KTM