Red Bull Rookies Cup Update

Red Bull Rookie Arthur Sissis wins Round 4 of 2011 Cup competition
Australian teenager Arthur Sissis was in top form on Sunday to secure his second career victory in the fourth round of the 2011 Red Bull Rookies Cup on the Estoril racing circuit in Portugal.
 
The win underlined that the 15-year-old Australian may be the one to beat in this year's competition and followed on from his second place in Saturday's third round. 
But Sissis did not have it all his own way. The early part of the race was shaping up to be a battle of attrition between him, South African Brad Binder, who won on Saturday and 14-year-old Italian Lorenzo Baldassarri. The three were out in front, putting distance between them and the rest of the field and it looked like Sunday's result may have been a mirror image of Saturday's race. Then Binder crashed and left the other two to fight it out. Baldassarri hung right onto Sissis's back wheel but just wasn't able to edge past him to spoil his chances. 
 
Behind them there was an intense battle for the final podium place in a group of young riders and it was 14 year-old Spaniard Xavi Pinsach who took the prize. 
 
Arthur Sissis:" We 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. He got another great start and I just tried to go with him. Then he high sided 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 out brake 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. 
 
Sissis now enjoys a 27-point lead. Baldassarri is second and Binder is third just eight points behind them. The Rookies next ride at the traditional British circuit of Silverstone on June 11 and 12. the Red Bull Rookies is a competition to encourage talented young teenagers poised to be tomorrow's road racing champions and they all rider identical KTM 125 RR bikes. 
 
Results Round Four 
1, Arthur Sissis (AUS) 29 minutes 57.014 seconds2. Lorenzo Baldassarri (ITA) +0.8673. Xavier Pinsach (ESP) +13.6704. Alan Techer (FRA) +14.3965. Joe Roberts (USA) +25.2156. Lukas Trautmann (AUT) +25.2197. Joakim Niemi (FIN) +27.1438. Aaron Espana (ESP) +28.0169. James Flitcroft (GBR) +28.78710. Kevin Argino (ITA) +28.878 
 
Championship Standings after Rounds 3 & 4 
1, Arthur Sissis, Australia, 80 points; 2, Lorenzo Baldassarri, Italy, 53; 
3, Brad Binder, South Africa, 45; 4, Philipp Oettl, Germany, 45; Alan Techer, France 42. 
 
 
Arthur Sissis leads Baldassarri on the Estoril Circuit
 
Round four Podium with KTM's Dakar Rally factory rider Ruben Faria presenting prizes
 
Track officials help Brad Binder back on the bike after his crash

Red Bull Rookie Brad Binder dominates Round Three on Estoril circuit
South African teenager Brad Binder took control of the traditional Estoril Racing circuit on Saturday afternoon to completely dominate Round 3 of the Red Bull Rookies Cup, the competition for young road racing talent where all riders compete on identical KTM 125 RR bikes.
 
Binder, who won the pole position on Friday in difficult wet conditions, charged off to a great start in Saturday's race and crossed the line a full 15 seconds ahead of second placed Australian Arthur Sissis. Third was Italian Lorenzo Baldassarri. 
 
The 15-year-old South African is racing in his third Red Bull Rookies season but unlike many of the other riders is not able to compete in a high level national competition so his track practice is confined to this competition. He set a blistering pace right from the opening lap and while Sissis and Baldassarri could keep him in their sights, neither was able to make inroads on his lead as he continuously stretched the advantage by at least a half a second per lap as the race progressed. 
 
 "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 realized that it was going okay 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." 
 
Sissis rode a very solid race for second and now moves ahead in the standings, 10 points in front of Binder and Philipp Oettl of Germany who cannot race this weekend because he broke his collarbone during training. "My bike was sliding around quite a lot so the set up can be improved for sure. We'll have a look at things and see what we can change for tomorrow. I hope we can find something and that I can race with Brad," Sissis said. 
 
Baldassarri said he wasn't ale to keep up the pace of the two leaders but hoped to be up with them in Round Four tomorrow. Very stormy weather and a sodden track on Friday left the rookies with little track time to arrive at good race settings. On Saturday the track was mostly dry but stormy weather is expected through the weekend. 
 
Round Three Results 
1, Brad Binder, South Africa 29 minutes 52.963 seconds2. Arthur Sissis (AUS) +15.9293. Lorenzo Baldassarri (ITA) +24.6674. Alan Techer (FRA) +38.0115. Joakim Niemi (FIN) +38.0496. Ivo Lopes (POR) +38.1417. Xavier Pinsach (ESP) +38.2118. Aaron España (ESP) +38.2699. Andrea Migno (ITA) +47.63210. Lukas Trautmann (AUT) +47.69. 
 
 
Brad Binder takes control of the track in Estoril
 
Podium moment for Binder and co. on Saturday

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