Hoyle Wins Red Bull Riders Cup At Valencia; American Gagne Third

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

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Matthew Hoyle of Great Britain cruised to a dominating victory at the second and final round of Red Bull Riders Cup competition at the 2.489-mile Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain, on Oct. 25.

The Red Bull Riders Cup pits the top-10 riders from the Red Bull AMA U.S. Rookies Cup against the 10 best riders from the European-based Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup, with all riders competing on identically-prepared KTM motorcycles.

"It was my last race with the Red Bull Rookies so I wanted to go out with a win," said the 17-year-old Hoyle. "I was quick in all the practice and qualifying sessions. I managed to get my head down at the beginning of the race and pull a gap. I tried to stay as consistent as possible."

Hoyle beat Spaniard Luis Salom to the finish of the 17-lap race by 6.170 seconds, while the top-finishing Red Bull AMA U.S. Rookies Cup rider, Jacob Gagne of Ramona, Calif., placed third to take the last spot on the podium.

Gagne, age 15, struggled in wet conditions during Friday's practice, falling three times, but rebounded to qualify fifth and put himself in position for a good race on Saturday.

"I'm really happy with the race today," Gagne said. "A podium felt good. I was trying to stay with Salom and in Turn 3, I nearly highsided. I saved it but I ran over my foot. From then on, I was just trying to stay on the podium and I tried to keep an eye on what was going on behind me."

Gagne's fellow Red Bull AMA U.S. Rookies Cup rider Hayden Gillim, of Owensboro, Ky., made headlines Friday by capturing the pole for the race. He finished 10th in the race, the only other AMA Red Bull Rookie in the top 10. The European-based team took the overall Riders Cup competition by a point total of 91 to 49 Valencia.

The first round of 2008 competition took place at Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the Red Bull Indianapolis GP weekend, and the Europeans also won, 114-26, in wet and windy conditions as the remnants of Hurricane Ike played havoc with the race. Sturla Fagerhaug of Norway won the round on the 2.621-mile, 16-turn IMS circuit.

For more information on the U.S.- and European-based Red Bull Rookies Cup series, log onto www.redbullrookiescup.com.