Get ready to check out the stars of tomorrow today as the Red Bull Rookies Cup showcases the best up-and-coming talent from the world of MotoGP...
This first Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup race of 2011 takes place on April 2 as part of the Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez . The challenge will be the first event in the 5th Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup season and will feature 25 of the world's best teenage racers from all over the world.
This year, the number of races will be increased to 14, so the riders will have more chances to develop their skills and prove themselves in front of the Grand Prix fans, teams and media. The Grand Prixs in Jerez, Estoril, Silverstone, Assen, Mugello, Sachsenring, Brno and Misano will feature two Rookies races with events both on the GP qualifying day and the race day itself. Additionally, the Italian rounds will have a single race on the day of GP qualifying.
The Rookies are hoping they can emulate such Red Bull heroes as Dani Pedrosa, Andrea Dovizioso or Hiroshi Aoyama. With their aim clearly set, the season's hard work for the Rookies begins at the Estoril pre-season test on March 11, 12 and 14.
The past four years have already shown that the best of the Rookies can get the chance to move on to the 125 Grand Prix category - previous season success stories have included the likes of Luis Salom, Jakub Kornfeil and Danny Kent.
Of last year's top 10, only South Africa's Brad Binder remains in the Cup for 2011. It is the 15-year-old's third Rookies season and, as he finished 5th last year with two brilliant 2nd places behind Cup winner Jake Gagne at the Sachsenring, he goes into this season as favourite for Cup honours.
It won't be an easy ride for Binder, however, as others like 17-year-old Czech Tomas Vavrous and 14-year-old German Florian Alt will certainly challenge him. Alt scored a superb sixth in his first-ever Rookies race and he backed that up by finishing well in the majority of his subsequent challenges. Vavrous, meanwhile, knows he has to put some of last year's mistakes behind him but he certainly has the pace to be a race winner as he looks at his second Rookies Cup season.
The influx of new talent this season is impressive and there's no doubt that the latest Rookies will be taking the fight to their more established rivals.
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