Carlos Tatay went one better than he did in race one, taking victory in Sunday’s race. The Spanish rider reversed the finishing positions with Yuki Kunii who crossed the line 0.199 further back. After a huge crash on the last lap which Barry Baltus walked away from, Matteo Bertelle completed the podium 16.653 seconds behind the leaders.
Japanese rider Noguchi again made a superb start and led into turn one from his compatriot Yuki Kunii. Lorenzo was third with Tatay fourth. Max Cook made a clean getaway this time and was 8th on the first lap.
The front three riders of Kunii, Tatay and Baltus at the end of the opening laps quickly began to pull away from a second group of seven riders.
The lead the first group had over the chasing group was increased as the front three made cleaner passing moves as they change positions. The seven-rider group behind had a serious battle between them that only aided the gap increase between them and the race leaders.
Two and a half laps from the end Baltus made his move to the front of the race and was pushing hard to make a break. Tatay and Kunii avoided getting themselves into too much of a squabble and on the final lap they had closed back in on the rear wheel of the Belgian.
Under pressure from both the Japanese rider and the Spaniard Baltus was slipstreamed and as he moved across towards Tatay to try and defend his line he collided with the number 99. The result was a huge tank slapper. Baltus was determined to try and hold on but as the bike snaked down the track he was thrown from the seat. He was then hit by the sliding motorbike but thankfully his helmet and airbag suit protected him. He quickly was up on his feet and walking away.
This left Tatay to defend from Kunii which he did and he took the race victory. Kunii appeared a little disappointed probably believing he had it in him to leave Andalucia with two race victories.
Kunii and Tatay are the championship leaders tied on 45 points each. Max Cook was in the middle of the seven-rider battle which turned out to be for the final podium spot. He crossed the line in 8th.
Red Bull Rookies Jerez 2019 Race 2 Result
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