Scottish racer Rory Skinner has been left unlucky in his opening round of the 2016 Red bull Rookies Cup, after getting knocked out of the race at Assen while challenging for a podium place.
14 year old Skinner was making his 2016 debut in the class after a broken wrist kept him on the sidelines at Jerez, but despite missing free practice one due to a delayed flight was nonetheless on the pace for the race, qualifying in sixth.
Making a strong start and finding his rhythm, the Perth rider was hunting down race leader Raul Fernandez when Japanese racer Kaito Toba highsided in front of him, leaving him nowhere to go.
“It was unlucky. I had got into a good rhythm and was happy to work with Kaito and Rufino to do something. Then Toba went down and I couldn’t miss him.”
Walking away from the tumble uninjured though, Skinner gets another chance tomorrow, with the second race of the weekend closing out the day’s action at the iconic Dutch circuit.