3rd race win for Norway’s Sturla Fagerhaug in Rookies Roadracing Cup
Seventeen-year-old Norwegian Sturla Fagerhaug rode a masterly race on the Assen Circuit in the Netherlands on Saturday to take his third race win in the Red Bull Rookies Cup 2009 and have a significant lead in the championship.
The minor podium places went to Japanese rider Daijiro Hiura and American Jacob Gagne.
Fagerhaug, who has already secured several wild card rides with the Red Bull KTM Moto Sport factory team in 125 cc GP this season, got away to a solid start and after some early mistakes settled in with a group of four riders at the front of the pack.
He stayed cool and collected, waiting for his opportunity to make the break, which came with just three laps to go in the 16-lap race in what is one of motorcycle racing’s most tradition-rich circuits. Then the young Norwegian played his ace card, slipped away from the pack of leading riders and settled down to extend his winning margin. The riders in the following group were then left to fight it out for the minor podium places while Fagerhaug sailed across the finish line with a 2.720 seconds winning margin.
“I got an okay start this time. I made some mistakes in the first laps but then I got into a good rhythm. The others tried to follow but I managed to get a gap towards the end. I am just happy I didn’t have to make some late braking in the last corner,” commented Fagerhaug.