Carlos Tatay makes a triumphant arrival at Motorland Aragón as Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup champion for 2019. There is no chance that the 16-year-old Spaniard is just going to be riding round waving to the fans though, he is out for his fifth and sixth Cup wins of the season on the KTM RC 250 R.
There are five other teenagers who are also after those victories as they sort out second and third places in the points chase. At the moment it is fellow Spaniard Pedro Acosta who has the advantage as the 15-year-old sits on 140 and is full of confidence following his third win of the season in Misano.
Japanese 18-year-old Haruki Noguchi is next on 120 and was disappointed that he missed out on the all Spanish podium in Italy after starting on pole. He has a single win so far this year from Race 2 at the Red Bull Ring.
Unfortunately his countryman Yuki Kunii cannot improve on his fourth place in the championship table as the hand injury the 16-year-old sustained in his Czech Grand Prix Moto3 wild card ride is still troubling him.
Three points between
Jason Dupasquier, David Salvador and Lorenzo Fellon line up next on 96, 95 and 93 points respectively and could still challenge for the top three with brilliant podium weekends.
Dupasquier has already signed a Moto3 Grand Prix deal for 2020 but the18-year-old Swiss does not want to leave the Rookies Cup without a win or at least a podium. Both he and Fellon have scored well in every single race this year but have yet to get on the steps.
Fellon was about to walk up to the podium after Race 2 in Jerez but the Frenchman was penalised 3 seconds for exceeding track limits on the last lap and that dropped him to 11th, the only finish outside the top 10 in the 15-year-old’s first Cup season.
Salvador stands between them in the points table and the 15-year-old Spaniard has been second twice already including a fantastic ride last weekend in Misano. But a couple of unlucky races, including a crash at the Sachsenring and a technical failure in Austria cost him a lot of points.
Those who should
There are those who have not matched the consistency of the top scorers yet may well make a big impression at the final round. Barry Baltus started the season battling for the lead in both races in Jerez and has been on the podium twice but missed the German races after a practice fall. The Belgian 15-year-old could well bounce back.
Max Cook the 16-year-old Englishman and Billy van Eerde the 17-year-old Australian have both been on the podium already but were 11th and 14th in Misano. They have the ability to do much better in the last two races.
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