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Joan Mir’s Magnificent Last Lap Wins Red Bull Rookies Jerez 2

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Joan Mir showed perfect skill and timing to take Race 2 at Jerez and so leaves Spain with the points lead in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup.

The 16-year-old Spaniard had been part of another superb, five way, race long battle for the lead and this time got the better of an almost equally smooth Manuel Pagliani by passing the 17-year-old Italian decisively on the last lap.

Third man home was another Spanish hero, 16-year-old Jorge MartÌ_n, who claimed his second podium of the weekend ahead of Stefan Manzi, the 15-year-old Italian who missed out again after claiming fifth yesterday.

This time the non-mediterranean in the lead battle was 16-year-old South African Darryn Binder who caught the leading quartet with a superb effort, more than matched his lap record pace from Saturday but was ultimately unlucky. He had led, was pushed back to second by Pagliani and then had a slight coming together with a marginally out of control MartÌ_n on the brakes into turn 1.

Binder explained the damage. ‰ÛÏThe brake lever was bent up, I had to let go of the throttle to push it back down and by then the others had gone. I tried hard to catch up with them again but couldn't do it a second time.‰Û

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