2010 MotoGP Rookies applications open

Entry standards are higher than ever

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Sep. 11, 2009
The Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup is accepting applications for its 2010 season.

The road racing series features top teenaged riders from around the world competing on world-class circuits as an underclass at select MotoGP rounds. Riders born between Jan. 1, 1993 and March 31, 1997 are eligible to apply to the series.

Entering its fourth season in 2010, series organizers have raised the application standards. For the first time, applicants are asked to provide proof of previous racing success in various disciplines including road racing, motocross, dirt track, and speedway. Applicants are asked to list six significant racing results, including race or championship wins. Applicants may also provide references from motorcycle “experts” such as national racing champions, event organizers and motorsport sponsors.

Jake Gagne finished sixth overall with three podium results and five top-five finishes in eight races.

Prospective racers can apply online at http://www.redbullrookiescup.com/application.php. Applications must be submitted before Sept. 20 and invitations to the selection tryout will be sent out on Sept. 23. The selection event will be held at a European circuit to be announced at a later date. While MotoGP Rookies race on KTM RC125 race bikes, Metrakit Pre GP 125 race bikes will be used for the selection event.

Czech racer Jakub Kornfeil won the 2009 Red Bull Rookie Cup by a two-point margin over Norwegian racer Sturla Fagerhaug. Jake Gagne, from Ramona, Calif., was the highest placing American MotoGP Rookie with sixth place. Hayden Gillim from Owensboro, Ky., finished 16th overall while 2008 Red Bull AMA U.S. Rookies Cup winner Benny Solis Jr. from Beverly Hills, Calif., was 24th.