Harrison Voight runs 4-4 in Red Bull Rookies Cup opener

2022 Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup Round 1 Portimao


Young Aussie Harrison Voight recorded a 4-4 result at the Red Bull Rookies season opener in Portimao, and finishes the opening weekend of season 2022 fourth overall in the standings after a tumultuous weekend in Portugal while racing as a support act to MotoGP.

Harrison Voight

Fellow Aussie Jacob Roulstone had a mixed weekend, crashing qualifying and starting from the back of the grid to rebound to a seventh place finish in Race 1. unfortunately a crash in Race 2, saw no points earned from that encounter but he still 10th overall in the standings.

Harrison Voight
Harrison Voight

Unfortunately for New Zealand’s Cormac Buchanan after running the eighth fastest in testing he tested positive for Covid prior to the opening round and has had to sit this one out. Round 2 at Jerez will be his first outing of the season.


Qualifying

Angel Piqueras took pole by almost a second over fellow Spaniard Màximo Quiles as the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup roared into action at Portimao alongside the MotoGP. Australian 15-old Harrison Voight-year up the front row for the opening round, just over a second off Piqueras, after initially looking to be on track for pole.

Angel Piqueras

15-year-old Piqueras put in a brilliant Portimão lap to knock Voight off the top of the leaderboard, before 14-year-old Quiles then eased the Aussie a further spot back.

Harrison Voight

“I’m happy with that. I felt confident in the wet at the test before my crash and thought that I could put it in the top 5 on the wet track but there was so much running water earlier today that it just didn’t feel good. It was better in Qualifying and I had the confidence to go for it. As for a wet race, I don’t know about doing 16 laps, the last wet race I did was when I was 9!”

Harrison Voight
Harrison Voight

Heading the second row is Hungarian 16-year-old Soma Görbe. It had been Casey O’Gorman who dominated the two very wet Free Practice sessions and the 14-year-old set off to do the same in Qualifying. His name came up on top of the screen but then on lap 3 he didn’t come round, with a huge high-side ending his streak, but that speed to continue through the weekend.

Marcos Ruda, Gabin Planques, Tatchakorn Buasri, Rico Salmela and Eddie O’Shea completed the top ten in qualifying.

Jacob Roulstone crashed early in qualifying and was forced to start from the back of the grid after not being able to get back out on track to record a time, starting from 25th.

Ruche Moodley

Portimao Red Bull Rookie Qualifying Results – Top 10

Pos Rider Nat Gap
1 Angel PIQUERAS SPA
2 Máximo QUILES SPA +0.817
3 Harrison VOIGHT AUS +1.036
4 Soma GÖRBE HUN +1.412
5 Casey O´GORMAN IRL +1.553
6 Marcos RUDA SPA +1.576
7 Gabin PLANQUES FR +1.675
8 Tatchakorn BUASRI THA +2.458
9 Rico SALMELA FIN +2.485
10 Eddie O’SHEA GBR +2.551

Race 1

José Rueda rode a brilliant debut race to claim victory in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup at Portimão when the action truly started. The 16-year-old Spaniard seized an early lead and put in a near perfect ride to gap the following group by almost 10-seconds. Apart from fellow countryman Angel Piqueras hunted him down and the 15-year-old pole man was on his tail by the penultimate lap.

Rueda won Race 1 from Gorman and Veijer

Piqueras had his sights on the win but a sudden change of direction saw his KTM RC 250 R snap sideways and he was off. Rueda was left to romp home with a nine-second advantage over Casey O’Gorman and Collin Veijer.

Jose Rueda

Harrison Voight was a tenth of a second off a podium result, followed by a more distant Tatchakorn Buasri and Gabin Plans after a thrilling race long battle with multiple place changes at every turn.

Harrison Voight #29
Harrison Voight

Poleman Piqueras broke two toes in his right foot when he fell challenging Rueda for the win. After a lousy start from the middle of the front row the 14-year-old Spaniard cut his way through to the lead pack only to hit a fallen bike on the last lap.

Jacob Roulstone came home in seventh, leading the next pack, just ahead of Jakob Sosenthaler and Daniel Shahril, while Lorenz Luciano completed the top-10.

Casey O’Gorman

Portimao Red Bull Rookie Race 1 Results

Pos Rider Nat Gap
1 Jose RUEDA SPA
2 Casey O’GORMAN IRL +9.178
3 Collin VEIJER NED +9.202
4 Harrison VOIGHT AUS +9.28
5 Tatchakorn BUASRI THA +10.199
6 Gabin PLANQUES FR +10.553
7 Jacob ROULSTONE AUS +14.385
8 Jakob ROSENTHALER AUTO +14.405
9 Daniel SHAHRIL MA +14.738
10 Lorenz LUCIANO BEL +17.421
11 Arbi ADITAMA IN +22.215
12 Marcos RUDA SPA +22.216
13 Freddie HEINRICH GER +22.342
14 Ruché MOODLEY RSA +22.584
15th Demis MIHAILA ITA +35.025
16 Guillermo MORENO MEX +37,649
Not Classified
Luca LUNETTA ITA 1 lap
Máximo QUILES SPA 1 lap
Angel PIQUERAS SPA 2 laps
Amaury MIZERA FR 7 laps

Race 2

Intense action from first lap to last saw Dutch 17-year-old Collin Veijer win a thrilling Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup race at Portimão. Saturday’s winner José Rueda crossed the line first but the 16-year-old Spaniard had exceeded track limits at the final turn and was therefore docked a place.

Collin Veijer and Casey O’Gorman on the podium

Casey O’Gorman added third to his second from the day before and the 14-year-old Irishman only lost the win by the narrowest of margins – 0.004 seconds.

Collin Veijer
Collin Veijer

The seven KTM RC 250 R battle for the lead left 15-year-old Australian Harrison Voight a little frustrated with fourth again and Rico Salmela, the diminutive 14-year-old Fin put in a storming ride to take fifth ahead of Tatchakorn Buasri, the 21-year-old Thai who did a good bit of the leading. Gabin Planques, the 17-year-old Frenchman completed the lead pack in seventh.

Harrison Voight

“Not really happy with that. I wanted the podium. I pushed so hard and it was a clean race until the last two laps and I didn’t like those so much. Every time I saw 99 go to the front I knew I had to go with him. I don’t know I was just going for it. It was a good race.”

Harrison Voight
Harrison Voight

Rounding out the top-10 was Maximo Quiles, Eddie O’Shea and Luca Lunetta, eight-seconds off the leader.

Aussie Jacob Roulstone had less luck in Race 2, crashing out.

To learn more about Harrison Voight check this outand a similar feature here on Jacob Roulstone will add more background to the Aussie youngsters in the Red Bull Rookies Cup this year.

Portimao Red Bull Rookie Race 2 Results

Pos Rider Nat Gap
1 Collin VEIJER NED 30m18.464
2 Jose RUEDA SPA 30m18.358*
3 Casey O’GORMAN IRL +0.004
4 Harrison VOIGHT AUS +0.290
5 Rico SALMELA FIN +0.334
6 Tatchakorn BUASRI THA +1.179
7 Gabin PLANQUES FR +1.310
8 Máximo QUILES SPA +7.923
9 Eddie O’SHEA GBR +7.957
10 Luca LUNETTA ITA +7.964
11 Jakob ROSENTHALER AUTO +8.191
12 Daniel SHAHRIL MA +8.262
13 Ruché MOODLEY RSA +8.955
14 Lorenz LUCIANO BEL +9.315
15th Marcos RUDA SPA +14.487
16 Soma GÖRBE HUN +20.341
17 Freddie HEINRICH GER +20.406
18 Arbi ADITAMA IN +21.089
19 Alex VENTURINI ITA +30.49
20 Demis MIHAILA ITA +30.568
21 Guillermo MORENO MEX +35.836
Not Classified
Amaury MIZERA FR 10 laps
Jacob ROULSTONE AUS 15 laps

Red Bull Rookies Standings

Pos Rider Nat Points
1 RUEDA Jose SPA 45
2 VEIJER Collin NED 41
3 O’GORMAN Casey IRL 36
4 VOIGHT Harrison AUS 26
5 BUASRI Tatchakorn THA 21
6 PLANQUES Gabin FR 19
7 ROSENTHALER Jakob AUTO 13
8 SALMELA Rico FIN 11
9 SHAHRIL Daniel MA 11
10 ROULSTONE Jacob AUS 9
11 QUILES Máximo SPA 8
12 LUCIANO Lorenz BEL 8
13 O’SHEA Eddie GBR 7
14 LUNETTA Luca ITA 6
15th ADITAMA Arbi IN 5
16 RUDA Markos SPA 5
17 MOODLEY Ruché RSA 5
18 HEINRICH Freddie GER 3
19 MIHAILA Demis ITA 1
20 MORENO Guillermo MEX 0
21 GÖRBE Soma HUN 0
22 VENTURINI Alex ITA 0

Images: Gold & Goose/Red Bull Content Pool

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