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Pace unrewarded for Billy van Eerde in Austria

2020 Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup

Round 2 – Grand Prix of Styria

Images by Gold & Goose/Red Bull Content Pool


The second weekend at Red Bull Ring for the Red Bull Rookies Cup proved a mixed outing for Billy Van Eerde, who improved on last weekend’s qualifying, only to receive a three-second penalty in Race 1, before high-siding out of fourth position with just three laps to go in Race 2.

Pedro Acosta's winning streak continued at Round 2
Pedro Acosta’s winning streak continued at Round 2

Pedro Acosta made it a clean sweep of all four Red Bull Ring races, although competition proved steep, with less than a tenth of a second separating the winner from Daniel Holgado in Race 1, and Ivan Ortola and Daniel Munoz in Race 2.


Qualifying

Friday at Red Bull Ring saw Pedro Acosta claim pole heading into the weekend’s races, topping the ranks of the KTM RC 250 R riders, with just a second separating the top-10, with Daniel and David Muñoz next fastest. Australian Billy van Eerde qualified eighth, improving on the previous weekend, 0.799-seconds off Acosta, sharing, “That’s better than last weekend, last week I was 20th on the grid so I’m in much better shape to try and get to the front and on the podium where I was last year.”

Billy van Eerde took eighth on the grid
Billy van Eerde took eighth on the grid from qualifying

Race 1

Another brilliant ride and perfect last lap from 16-year-old Spaniard Pedro Acosta laid claim to the first Styrian Grand Prix victory at the Red Bull Ring. The same four riders filled the top positions as last weekend, although Daniel Holgado jumped in front of David Muñoz this time with David Alonso fourth again.

As usual a huge pack of KTM RC 250 Rs battled at the front of the third Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup race of the season but it shook out to just six by the last lap.

Pedro Acosta leading the Red Bull Rookies field
Pedro Acosta leading the Red Bull Rookies field

Acosta settled it at the second tight right hander letting the opposition out-brake themselves, proving it’s not going to be easy because while Acosta has a year of Rookies Cup experience the chasing pack are in their first season and learning all the time.

Acosta took the Race 1 win from Daniel Holgado by 0.053, with David Munoz in third to complete the podium. Ivan Ortola and Daniel Munoz completed the top five.

18-year-old Australian Billy van Eerde did manage to lead mid race, “At least that’s something. I’m happy about that and happy that we have the pace to run in the front of the group but late in the race I lost it and couldn’t get it back. I still need to do more and be able to be at the front all the way.”

Billy van Eerde
Billy van Eerde

So keen was van Eerde to get back to the front that he exceeded track limits too often and a post-race three-second penalty dropped him from eighth where he crossed the line to 11th and just five points.


Race 2

It was by the narrowest of margins that Pedro Acosta completed his clean sweep of Red Bull MotoGP victories in Austria in Race 2. The 16-year-old just scraped his final victory from the hands of Daniel Muñoz at the final turn when the 14-year-old ran wide and dropped to third behind Iván Ortolá for another all Spanish Podium. David Alonso and David Salvador took fourth and fifth.

Red Bull Rookies Race 2 Start
Red Bull Rookies Race 2 Start

As in all four races at the Red Bull Ring over these two weekends a hungry pack of KTM RC 250 Rs fought for the lead with the top 15 being covered by less than two seconds for much of the 17 laps.

Pedro Acosta

“I don’t have words to describe how I feel about this best ever start to a racing season for me. It was another very hard race, they have all been hard. With each race the guys seem to get more and more aggressive in the opening laps so I really had to keep out of trouble. In the middle of the race as the rear tyre dropped off a bit I felt more and more comfortable though, I could slide the bike into the corner and hold the slide on acceleration so that felt good and gave me the confidence at the end. I tried to take the lead in the right place again but this time I had no advantage and had to do the right thing through the last corners.”

Australian Billy van Eerde was once again in the mix, leading the race at one point and running fourth with just three laps to go when he high-sided out of Turn 3, ending his weekend on a sour note after feeling much more confident on the bike for the second race.

Billy van Eerde

“Friday was another difficult day having a few problems with the setup during the free practices. Luckily for qualifying I could find an ok setting to get eighth position in the grid. Race 1 I managed to get to the lead at one point but made a few costly mistakes and lost the front group to finish eighth. Unfortunately I got a three second penalty also after the race for exceeding track limits which ended up placing me 11th. Race 2 we changed a lot on the bike and my feeling was so much better. I was at the front the whole way and with three laps to go I high sided out of turn 3 in P4. I’m disappointed but happy with the improvement throughout these two weekends at the Red Bull Ring.”

Billy van Eerde
Billy van Eerde

2020 Red Bull Rookies – Round 2 Results

Source: MCNews.com.au

Win and podium at Aragon secures Billy van Eerde sixth in Rookies Cup

A win on Saturday backed up with a second place in Sunday’s Red Bull Rookies Cup finale promoted Australian youngster Billy van Eerde from ninth place in the series to sixth place in the final Red Bull Rookies Cup points standings for 2019.

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Billy Van Eerde – Aragon 2019

Billy scored no points in the four opening races of the calendar, but finished the season on a high note with four podium scores across the final five races.

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Billy van Eerde #29 leading at Aragon

Billy Van Eerde

“That was a great way to end the year, I’m very happy. Perhaps I went a bit early at the end this time, didn’t quite work it the same way as yesterday. The group was a lot bigger today, more finishers, but being on the podium is really good,” he concluded.

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Billy always has Jack Miller in his corner.

David Salvador won what was an incredible Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup finale in Motorland Aragón.

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David Salvador victorious in the final race of the season

The 15-year-old Spaniard put in a brilliant last lap move and flashed across the line just ahead of Marcos Uriarte and Billy van Eerde with 1.7 seconds covering the first 15 finishers.

Rookies Aragon R Van Eerde Salvador Uriarte
Red Bull Rookies Cup Aragon Race Two Results
David Salvador
Billy van Eerde +0.060s
Marcos Uriarte +0.016s

Pole sitter Uriarte was immediately penalised a place for exceeding track limits but still climbed onto the podium in third place behind 17-year-old Australian van Eerde.

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Pedro Acosta leads in this shot from Mario Aji, Marcos Uriararte and Lorenzo Fellon

Lorenzo Fellon was fourth, another great ride from the 15-year-old Frenchman who also has 4 fifths, 3 sixths and 2 sevenths from his first Cup season. He missed a podium in Jerez because of track limits but had a great year to finish fifth in the championship.

15-year-old Spaniard Pedro Acosta worked his way through from ninth and spent plenty of time at the front. He too headed the pack on the last lap and his seventh place finish was good enough to secure him second place in the 2019 Red Bull Rookies Cup.

Pedro Acosta

“I remembered from yesterday that leading onto the back straight is not the best plan so I thought that 4th or 5th would be perfect. I thought it would work but I touched with Noguchi, it happens, that’s racing but it wrecked my plan. Still I am happy with the way I rode and it’s been a great first season in Rookies Cup.”

Rookies Aragon R Pedro Acosta David Salvador
Pedro Acosta leads David Salvador

Cup winner Carlos Tatay did not race the final round as he instead joined the seniors in the Moto3 category at Aragon where the 16-year-old finished a highly creditable 12th. 

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Red Bull Rookies Cup Champion Carlos Tatay
Red Bull Rookies Cup Aragon Race Two Results
  1. David Salvador
  2. Billy van Eerde +0.060s
  3. Marcos Uriarte +0.016s
  4. Lorenzo Fellon +0.147s
  5. Haruki Noguchi +0.202s
  6. Nario Aji +0.472s
  7. Pedro Acosta +0.524s
  8. Barry Baltus +0.588s
  9. Alex Escrig +0.739s
  10. Jason Dupasquier +1.039s
2019 Red Bull Rookies Cup Final Points Standings
  1. Carlos Tatay 194
  2. Pedro Acosta 162
  3. Haruki Noguchi 151
  4. David Salvador 120
  5. Lorenzo Fellon 116
  6. Billy van Eerde 110
  7. Yuki Kunii 109
  8. Jason Dupasquier 102
  9. Max Cook 83
  10. Marcos Uriarte 81
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2019 Red Bull Rookies Cup Final Points Standings
Carlos Tatay 194
Pedro Acosta 162
Haruki Noguchi 151

Source: MCNews.com.au