Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup

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Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup
Category Motorcycle sport
Region Europe
Inaugural season 2007
Riders' champion Japan Ayumu Sasaki
Official website
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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]

Three ex Rookies has since win a world championship. Both Johann Zarco and Danny Kent won a world championship in 2015; Zarco won the Moto2 title while Kent won the Moto3 title. Zarco, however, claimed it first; since he clinched his championship in Japan, while Kent had to wait until the last round in Valencia to clinch his title. The next year, Brad Binder became the third ex Rookie to win a world championship after winning the 2016 Moto3 title at Aragon while Zarco successfully defended his Moto2 title. So far, only one ex Rookie has started a race in the MotoGP class as of 2017, which is Johann Zarco who is currently riding for Tech 3 Yamaha.

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 single disc Formula brake system, 190mm disc


Season Rider Notes
2007 France Johann Zarco[9] 159 points, 57 clear of Lorenzo Savadori. He went on to become the first alumni to win a world championship on any class after winning the Moto2 title in 2015.
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 Spain Jorge Martín 254 points, 57 clear of Joan Mir
2015 Netherlands Bo Bendsneyder 243 points, 49 clear of Fabio Di Giannantonio
2016 Japan Ayumu Sasaki 250 points, 49 clear of Aleix Viu


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