Red Bull Rookies Cup, Sachsenring, Race 1: Deniz Öncü wins, podium for twin brother Can and Yamanaka

The Öncü twins dominated in Sachsenring, starting from the FP and going through Qualifying to finally win Race 1 too. Deniz finished 1st ahead of Can, while Yamanaka arrived 3rd.


The first race of the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup at Sachsenring ended with a two Turkish riders on top: Deniz Öncü conquered a clear-cut victory after kicking off from the 2nd place on the starting grid, arriving ahead of his twin brother Can (the poleman) and Ryusei Yamanaka. The three of them managed to step on the podium after a hard-fought race. Race 2 at Sachsenring Circuit will be tomorrow starting at 3.30 PM, and the live stream will be available on, beginning 10 minutes before the race.

The poleman Can Öncü made an outstanding kickoff and immediately took the lead of the race, closely followed by Carrasco, Kelly, and Deniz Öncu. But right after the beginning we got a huge crash involving 5 riders: Salim and Kawakami managed to re-enter the race (but the Indonesian rider will be forced to withdraw before the end of the competition) while Jones, Paavilainen (5th on the starting grid, his best Qualifying of the season) and Jespersen were all forced to pull out. During the first part of Race 1, the Öncü twins, Carrasco, Salač, García and Yamanaka all acted as the undiscussed leaders of this competition, giving us an exciting battle for the podium.

As laps went by, the group started to split. Deniz Öncü got a larger and larger lead over his twin brother Can and the rest of the group, eventually gaining a great victory. Can Öncü ends second, winning over Ryusei Yamanaka, Filip Salač, Adrián Carrasco and Steward García. Sean Kelly was going for the 7th place, but he fell on the last turn: Xavier Artigás and Max Cook thanked him and got into the top ten together with Carlos Tatay and Adrián Huertas.

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