Hook finished race one impressively in 6th position, while Sissis was down in 11th, and in race two Hook finished 8th followed by Sissis in 9th.
Race 1 Summary:
Jake Gagne raced from pole position to a perfect win in the German Grand Prix round of the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup. It was anything but an easy win for he 16 year old Californian though who headed 14 year old South African Brad Binder and 16 year old Briton Danny Kent across the line.
The win could have come from anyone of 10 teenagers who traded places at every corner in what has become the accepted Rookies Cup style.
Towards the front of the lead pack from the start Gagne did have that important little something up his sleeve at the end of the 19 laps.
“I was just in the group for most of the race and watching what the other guys were doing.
"With about 3 laps to go I got to the front and tried to get away.
"I knew that Brad (Binder) had gone with me but over the last few corners I knew I was pretty strong and I braked pretty deep so I didn't think he'd be able to get by.”
It was a fine ride from Binder who had made up a lot of ground coming from the third row of the grid.
“My start was pretty good but then I bumped early on and was well back in about 13th.
"So I had to ride hard to catch up. When I did that I really wanted to get on the podium and I got up the front when Jake took the lead.
"I went with him and I was looking for a way past to win but he was braking at the very last millisecond and there was no way past.... this time.”
Kent was another who had to work hard for his place on the rostrum coming from 10th on the grid but he made a great start.
“I knew I could do better than qualifying because I had oil on the rear tyre towards the end of the session.
"We also made a few adjustments to the bike so it was working better.
"It all came down to the last lap and I'd got passed by Calia and Kristiansson with 2 corners to go but I managed to get them both at the last corner,” concluded Kent with his usual broad grin.
Alex Kristiansson, the 16 year old Swede lost a podium place by just 7 thousandths of a second but still managed to smile and had the consolation of a new lap record.
“It was a great race, a little crazy at times but a lot of fun. I thought I'd managed to get on the podium but Danny just came past at the line.”
Similarly 15 year old Italian Kevin Calia enjoyed running at the front and his 5th place finish.
“It was good to lead but not easy. I tried to break away but it was impossible and as soon as the other guys overtake it slows you down again.”
Another with moments of glory at the head of the pack was Alessio Cappella who managed to pass 2 or 3 men several times on the brakes at the and of the 6th gear downhill straight.
Unfortunately he caught himself out there on lap 10 and crashed. “I used a different part of the track and there were more bumps so I lost the front,” explained the Italian 15 year old.
Others out of luck included Harry Stafford who crashed out of the lead group on lap seven, the 16 year old Briton falling at the same fast left hander that caught him out in practice.
Daijiro Hiura, the 15 year old Japanese who had led the Cup points battle until his technical DNF in the second race at Assen only scored a single point after rejoining the race following a high speed off track excursion.
“I was trying to go round the outside of Arthur (Sissis) he used all the track and we touched.”
All were unhurt as was Alejandro Pardo who was knocked off at the first corner going on to lap 9 when Kristiansson came up the inside to find the door closed by Calia and clipped Italian 16 year old Pardo as he stood the bike up.
Ride of the day could arguably go to Josh Hook who took a superb 6th having fought through from a 15th place start on the 4th row of the grid.
“I just don't seem to be able to qualify, once the race starts I am OK,” explained the 17 year old Australian.
“With 10 laps to go I thought the gap to the lead group was too big but I managed to catch them.
"I thought I might be able to get on the podium but on the last lap it all got a bit too much of a mess.
"I'm happy though, at last I've got a half decent result.”
He finished just ahead of 18 year old Spaniard Daniel Ruiz who had the Cup lead going into the race.
“I made a mess of the start and even when I got into the group I just could not ride the way I wanted. I get so frustrated with such races.
"I know I can go quicker but with the other guys passing everywhere it is just impossible.”
Kent has seized the Cup lead with a 6 point advantage over Ruiz with Gagne a single point behind him.
Hiura is now 4th, 26 points adrift of the lead after a disastrous 2 races.
There remain 4 races in the season with 100 points on offer, the first 25 of those up for grabs tomorrow at 15.35 CET, live on TV in many countries or www.redbull.com everywhere.
Race 1 Classification
1. Jacob Gagne (USA) 29 minutes 10.099 seconds (143.475 kph)
2. Brad Binder (RSA) +0.066
3. Danny Kent (GBR) +0.929
4. Alexander Kristiansson (SWE) +0.936
5. Kevin Calia (ITA) +0.995
6. Joshua Hook (AUS) +1.403
7. Daniel Ruiz (ESP) +1.465
8. Tomas Vavrous (CZE) +1.652
9. Taylor Mackenzie (GBR) +10.021
10. Florian Alt (GER) +18.813
11. Arthur Sissis (AUS) +20.920
Race 2 Summary:
Jake Gagne made it a double victory weekend with another masterly display in the second Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup race of the German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring.
The 16 year old Californian was again chased across the line by 14 year old South African Brad Binder with 15 year old Japanese Daijiro Hiura 3rd, making up for his 15th place finish on Saturday.
Gagne stormed into the Cup points lead as nearest rivals Daniel Ruiz and Danny Kent both crashed.
Kent remounted to finish 12th and now lies 2nd in the table, 14 points behind Gagne with Ruiz 3rd, another 10 points adrift but 4 clear of Hiura who is 4th.
“I was pretty confident I could do it again,” said Gagne.
“It was a good race yesterday and there was no reason why it should be different.
"At one point Brad and I got away from the others a bit but I wasn't too surprised when they closed back up again.
"Then it was all one group and I pretty much played it like yesterday and managed to get away just before the end.
"I knew that Brad was with me again but he's a good guy and I didn't expect him to do anything crazy and take us both out.
"I knew he was a little bit frustrated that he couldn't get past me at the last corners yesterday but I was strong there and I braked even a bit deeper and held on.”
Binder made a slightly easier race for himself than Saturday with a sensational start from his 9th place qualifying place on the 3rd row of the grid.
“Yah, the start was fantastic, I think I was about fourth going into the first corner.
"Then I got up with Jake and he and I went away a bit but we couldn't stay clear of the group.
"Then later on I had a go at leading but also couldn't get away.
"On the last lap I really wanted to have a go at Jake but he was just too good today... next time,” he concluded with a grin.
Hiura's third made the Japanese smile for what seemed the first time in the weekend.
“Yes I wasn't happy with one point yesterday. But I knew that I had found quite a good rhythm and if I didn't have trouble I could make a good result.
"I didn't make a great start but we could close the gap on Jake and Brad so it was a great race.
"On the last lap I was going to try and win but I made a slight mistake and lost them so I will have to wait until Brno.”
Kent was philosophical about his meagre points tally after a great ride.
“My start wasn't bad but I got squeezed from both sides going into the first corner, I was almost stopped and dead last going down the hill.
"I think made up 8 seconds to catch the leaders but I must have taken too much out of the tyres because when I fell I wasn't doing anything different.
"At least I did get a few points out of it,” concluded the 16 year old Briton who had charged brilliantly through the field and was up to 4th when he fell on the last lap.
He remounted to take 4 points for 12th.
Similarly reflective was 18 year old Spaniard Ruiz who was unhurt when he crashed out of the lead group on lap one taking Kevin Calia with him.
“Honestly I don't know what I did wrong, I lost the front and unfortunately took Kevin out as well.
"I have lost a lot of points but I just have to come back at the next race.”
The pack that chased down Gagne and Binder was headed by 16 year old Italian Alejandro Pardo who put together a string of quick laps and may well have got on the podium after a number of great passing moves but over the last few laps things got a bit ragged.
“I didn't make a good start but the bike was perfect, this is my favourite track and that corner at the bottom of the tight section where I passed Jake (Gagne) is a lot of fun.
"By the end though my tyres were destroyed and that's why I was having trouble.”
At the last corner Pardo barged inside Tomas Vavrous to take fourth leaving the Czech 16 year old with rubber down his left thigh from Pardo's front tyre.
“I didn't mean to push him out,” explained the Italian. It made a pair of excellent rides this weekend for Vavrous who was 8th on Saturday and 5th on Sunday.
“I enjoyed that a lot even though this has never been a favourite track for my.
"The bike was great and it was just the final corner that I had trouble with in both races, yesterday I missed a gear and this time Pardo came inside. Anyway I still enjoyed it.”
The next Rookies Cup races are on August 14th and 15th as part of the Grand Prix of the Czech Republic at Brno with a single race to conclude the season at Misano on September 4th.
Race 2 Classification
1. Jacob Gagne (USA) 28 minutes 51.091 seconds (145.050 kph)
2. Brad Binder (RSA) +0.119
3. Daijiro Hiura (JPN) +0.667
4. Alejandro Pardo (ITA) +2.670
5. Tomas Vavrous (CZE) +2.687
6. Alexander Kristiansson (SWE) +2.777
7. Taylor Mackenzie (GBR) +3.810
8. Joshua Hook (AUS) +9.738
9. Arthur Sissis (AUS) +22.148
10. Florian Alt (GER) +22.627