Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup

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Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup
Current season, competition or edition:
2014 Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup season
Sport Motorcycle sport
Founded 2007
No. of teams 1 manufacturer KTM
Most recent champion(s) Czech Republic Karel Hanika

The Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup is a 125 cc class of KTM motorcycles ridden by up and coming motorcycle riders that have not had experience in a Motorcycle Grand Prix previously. 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]

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]

Technical Details[8]
Bore X Stroke 54 x 54.5 mm
Capacity 125cc
Max. Power Output 45 Horsepower at 13,000 rpm
Carburetor Keihin 38 mm
Fuel Capacity 13 litres
Transmission 6 speed
Frame Aluminium twin spar frame
Dimensions 430 mm wide x 730 mm tall
Wheelbase 1.215 mm
Weight 136 kg, (300 lb (including rider))
Suspension Front Rear
WP Suspension 'GP Standard' WP Suspension 'GP Standard'
Rims Front Rear
Marchesini 2.5 x 17 in Marchesini 3.5 x 17 in
Brakes Front Rear
Brembo steel disc 290 mm, Brembo 4 piston calliper Brembo steel disc 195 mm, Brembo 2 piston calliper

Champions[edit]

Season Rider Notes
2007 France Johann Zarco[9] 159 points, 57 clear of Lorenzo Savadori
2008 United States J. D. Beach[10] 149 points, 4 clear of Luis Salom who went on to ride in the MotoGP 125 class
2009 Czech Republic Jakub Kornfeil[11] 132 points, 2 clear of Sturla Fagerhaug. Both went on to ride in the MotoGP 125 class
2010 United States Jacob Gagne[12] 170 points, 6 clear of Danny Kent
2011 Italy Lorenzo Baldassarri 208 points, 9 clear of Arthur Sissis
2012 Germany Florian Alt 233 points, 56 clear of Scott Deroue
2013 Czech Republic Karel Hanika 235 points, 72 clear of Jorge Martín
2014

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