Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup

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Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup
CategoryMotorcycle sport
RegionEurope
Inaugural season2007
Riders' championCarlos Tatay
Official websitewww.redbullrookiescup.com
Motorsport current event.svg Current season

The Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup is a 250cc class of KTM motorcycle, ridden by up and coming motorcycle riders that have not had experience in a Motorcycle Grand Prix previously. Prior to the 2013 season, a 2-stroke KTM RC 125cc engine was used. The class was founded in 2007, and since then a number of the rookies have progressed through to the 125/Moto3 championship in MotoGP. These include 2008 runner-up Luis Salom, 2009 champion Jakub Kornfeil 2010 runner-up Danny Kent and 2011 runner-up Arthur Sissis.

In 2012, ex Rookies Kent and Sissis rode for the Red Bull KTM Ajo Motorsport Team in the Moto3 World Championship with Kent winning GPs in Japan and Valencia[1] and Sissis finishing 3rd in the Australian GP.[2] Ex Rookie Salom finished 2nd in the 2012 championship following wins in Indianapolis and Aragon and a total of 8 rostrum places for the season.[3]

2013 sees a change of machinery to the 4-stroke Moto3 specification KTM 250 RBR.[4] Florian Alt, the 2012 Rookies Cup champion, moves up to the Moto3 class for 2013 with fellow alumnae Philipp Öttl (4th), Livio Loi (11th) and Lorenzo Baldassarri (Cup winner in 2011[5] and 8th in 2012).[6][7]

Five ex Rookies has since win a world championship: Johann Zarco is the first one to achieved it after clinching the 2015 Moto2 title in Japan, a feat that he would repeat in 2016. The same year, Danny Kent also won the 2015 Moto3 title, although he had to wait until Valencia to clinch his title. Brad Binder and Joan Mir would follow Kent's feat by winning the 2016 and 2017 Moto3 title respectively. Jorge Martín become the winner of the 2018 Moto3 season.

So far, only two ex Rookie has started a race in the MotoGP class as of 2019: Johann Zarco, who is currently riding for LCR Honda and Joan Mir riding for Suzuki.

Scoring system[edit]

Points are awarded to the top fifteen finishers. Rider has to finish the race to earn points.

Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th   11th   12th   13th   14th   15th 
Points 25 20 16 13 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
  • Each rider's lowest score discounted. (2007-08 Only)

Bike Spec[edit]

Rookies Cup KTM RC 250 R Rookies Technical Details[8]
Manufacturer KTM
Configuration Single-cylinder
Displacement 249.5 ccm
Combustion 4-stroke
Valve Train DOHC
Power Output min. 37 kilowatts (50 hp) at 13.000 rpm
Rev Limit 13,500 rpm
Tank Capacity ~11 liters
Frame Tubular steel with adjustable headstock and swing arm pivot
Dry Weight approx. 80.5 kg
Suspension Front Rear
WP / DM 45 mm, RCMA3548 WP / BAVP 4618, adjustable length, hydraulic preload
Rims Front Rear
OZ Forged Aluminium 2.5 x 17 OZ Forged Aluminium 3.5 x 17
Tires Front Rear
Dunlop 95/70-17 Dunlop 115/70-17
Brakes Front Rear
Brembo Radial calliper, 290 mm GALFER single floating Disc Wave® rotor Formula brake system, 190mm GALFER fixed Disc Wave® rotor

Champions[edit]

Season Rider Notes
2007 France Johann Zarco[9] 159 points, 57 clear of Lorenzo Savadori. Zarco went on to become the first alumni to win a world championship on any class after winning the Moto2 title in 2015 and 2016 and the first alumni to started a race in the MotoGP class.
2008 United States J. D. Beach[10] 149 points, 4 clear of Luis Salom who went on to ride in the MotoGP 125 class. Beach returned to AMA competition afterwards, while Salom would stay in Grand Prix motorcycle racing, achieving success in Moto3 with Salom earning a runner-up finish in 2012 and third-place finish in 2013, before stepping up to Moto2 and raced there until his death in 2016.
2009 Czech Republic Jakub Kornfeil[11] 132 points, 2 clear of Sturla Fagerhaug. Both went on to ride in the MotoGP 125 class. Kornfeil is currently still competing in Moto3, while Fagerhaug retired after the 2011 season.
2010 United States Jacob Gagne[12] 170 points, 6 clear of Danny Kent. Gagne has made two call-ups to World Superbike in 2017, while Kent would become the second alumni to win a world championship on any class after winning the Moto3 title in 2015. Brad Binder, the fifth place position on the standing, became the third alumni to win a world championship on any class after winning the Moto3 title in 2016
2011 Italy Lorenzo Baldassarri 208 points, 9 clear of Arthur Sissis. Baldassarri is currently competing in Moto2 with Pons HP40 Racing.
2012 Germany Florian Alt 233 points, 56 clear of Scott Deroue. Both would eventually ride in Moto3, but didn't enjoy much success.
2013 Czech Republic Karel Hanika 235 points, 72 clear of Jorge Martín. Hanika would ride in Moto3 for the next season with Ajo Motorsport, but following two crash-filled seasons, he was dropped by Ajo and switched to Mahindra in 2016, only to be fired mid-season due to poor performance.
2014 Spain Jorge Martín 254 points, 57 clear of Joan Mir. Martín is currently competing in Moto2, while Mir become the second rider to start in MotoGP class in 2019. Mir also went on to become the fourth alumni to win a world championship on any class after winning the Moto3 title in 2017. Martin went on to become the fifth alumni to win a world championship on any class after winning the Moto3 title in 2018.
2015 Netherlands Bo Bendsneyder 243 points, 49 clear of Fabio Di Giannantonio. Bendsneyder is currently competing in Moto2 with NTS, while Di Giannantonio is currently competing in Moto2 with Speed Up.
2016 Japan Ayumu Sasaki 250 points, 49 clear of Aleix Viu. Sasaki is currently competing in Moto3.
2017 Japan Kazuki Masaki 194 points, 11 clear of Aleix Viu. Masaki currently competes in Moto3, while Viu currently competes in FIM CEV Moto3 Junior World Championship.
2018 Turkey Can Öncü 235 points, 43 clear of Deniz Öncü.
2019 Spain Carlos Tatay 194 points, 32 clear of Pedro Acosta.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.motogp.com/en/riders/Danny+Kent
  2. ^ http://www.motogp.com/en/riders/Arthur+Sissis
  3. ^ http://www.motogp.com/en/riders/Luis+Salom
  4. ^ http://www.redbull.com/cs/Satellite/en_INT/Article/Rookies-Cup-Future-Champions-Wanted-021243238872384
  5. ^ http://www.redbull.com/cs/Satellite/en_INT/Red-Bull-Rookies-Cup-Results/001242980383647
  6. ^ http://www.redbull.com/cs/Satellite/en_INT/Red-Bull-Rookies-Cup-Results/001242980383647
  7. ^ http://www.motogp.com/en/riders/Moto3
  8. ^ "The Rookies Cup Bike". Red Bull. 2015-01-01.
  9. ^ "Zarco takes win and championship!". Red Bull MotoGP Rookie Cup. Red Bull. 15 September 2007. Archived from the original on 27 November 2010. Retrieved 9 November 2010.
  10. ^ "Red Bull Rookie Standings 2008". Red Bull. 2010-09-20. Archived from the original on 15 July 2011. Retrieved 2010-09-20.
  11. ^ "Red Bull Rookie Standings 2009". Red Bull. 2010-09-20. Archived from the original on 15 July 2011. Retrieved 2010-09-20.
  12. ^ "Red Bull Rookie Standings 2010". Red Bull. 2010-09-20. Archived from the original on 15 July 2011. Retrieved 2010-09-20.

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