The Northern Talent Cup was back in action at the German GP, with races taking place on Saturday and Sunday afternoon
Race 1: Moor wins a classic final lap scrap at the Sachsenring
Rossi Moor (FARIUM Next Generation Riders) extended his lead at the top of the Northern Talent Cup standings after claiming a third victory of the season in what was another classic encounter at the Sachsenring. The Hungarian beat compatriot Kevin Farkas (Agria Racing Team) by just 0.169s as Germany’s Dustin Schneider (Goblin Racing) picked up the final podium spot after Tibor Varga (Forty Racing) was demoted one position on the last lap for exceeding track limits.
Farkas got the best start of all when he went from P6 to P1 at the first corner but from there until the chequered flag, the lead and podium positions would change constantly with as many as 11 riders sitting in the lead group in the early exchanges. A front five then broke clear heading into the business end of the race, a quintet which included Moor, Farkas, Schneider, Varga and the returning Valentino Herrlich (Busch und Wagner Racing Team).
It all came down to the last lap and thanks to some sensational late braking and masterful race craft, Moor came out on top by a whisker to assert yet more dominance on the 2022 Cup. Farkas stood on the rostrum for the first time since his Le Mans Race 2 win with a hard fought second, while Schneider just lost out on the podium – or so he, and we, thought. But Varga touched the green on the run down the Waterfall on the final lap so his P3 became P4, meaning the German was promoted to the podium. Varga ended Race 1 in P4 and will be out to avenge his small mistake in Race 2, with Herrlich – still riding with pain in his leg – picking up a very commendable P5.
Loris Veneman (TeamNL Open Line) lost touch with the leaders and had to settle for P6, he led home polesitter Jurrien van Crugten (BB64 Academy), Martin Vincze (Chrobak Motorsport Egyesulet) and Noa Cuypers (Junior Black Knights) in the fight for sixth. Matteo Masili (FARIUM Next Generation Riders) rounded out the top 10.
Northern Talent Cup Race 1 in Germany
Race 2: Moor takes the chequered flag first, but Farkas awarded the win
Kevin Farkas (Agria Racing Team) emerged victorious from Race 2 in the Northern Talent Cup at the Sachsenring as the top two in the Cup standings went head-to-head for the second time in as many days. Title leader Rossi Moor (Farium Next Generation Riders) crossed the line first but the Hungarian exceeded track limits on the last lap, which handed victory to second across the line Farkas. Lenoxx Phommara (Team Phommara) came from eighth on the grid to pick up his first dry podium of the season.
It was another spellbinding NTC race in scorching conditions at the Sachsenring as 17 riders battled it out in the leading group from the off, with Farkas once again grabbing an early lead despite starting on the outside of the second row. The lead changed every lap though with Turns 1, 12 and 13 acting as the main action areas, but the two consistently at the front of the freight train were Farkas and Moor. And, as expected, the fight for victory went down to the very last lap.
Dropping down the famous Waterfall section, Moor went for the inside line but ventured onto the green when overtaking Farkas. Moor’s late braking at Turn 12 and Turn 13 helped him cross the line in P1 but the number 92 was demoted one place for exceeding track limits, which saw Farkas promoted to P1 – his second victory of the year.
Moor ended the day P2 with Phommara producing some great late race pace to claw his way onto the podium in third, as polesitter Jurrien Van Crugten (BB64 Academy) narrowly missed out on a debut rostrum in P4.
Martin Vincze (Chrobak Motorsport Egyesulet) finished P5, just half a second away from victory, as Race 1 podium finisher Dustin Schneider (Goblin Racing) settled for P6, 0.6s shy. Seventh place finisher Rocco Sessler (MCA Racing) was also under a second from the win, as Maxime Schmid (Team Schmid), Matteo Masili (Farium Next Generation Riders) and Loris Veneman (Team NL Open Line) – who was handed a three-second penalty at the end of the race – completed the top 10.
That’s all from a sensational two races at the Sachsenring! Next up for the NTC riders is a short trip north to the TT Circuit Assen, where once again they’ll join the MotoGP™ paddock for a weekend at the Cathedral of Speed.
Northern Talent Cup Race 2 in Germany