Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup: a dream come true

The MotoGP School

The Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup has been around since 2007. The concept : 26 riders between 13 and 17 years old meet on 7 MotoGP races. They come from all over the world: France, England, New Zealand, Spain, Colombia and even Indonesia. They ride the same motorcycle and have the same equipment. Red Bull has surrounded itself with partners of choice: IPONE, KTM, Alpinestars, Akrapovic, to give them every chance to succeed.

Coached, these Rookies will have to go the extra mile and be the best to reach their common dream: win the MotoGP championship. The ex Rookie Joan Mir did it, so why not them? The Rookies Cup has seen the birth of many talents and stars who now belong in all categories, Moto3, Moto2 and MogoGP.

Joan Mir (2020 MotoGP World Champion) and Jorge Martin (2018 Moto3 World Champion).

Photo taken in 2014 during the Rookies Cup preseason test in Jerez.

Fun facts

The first Rookies champion in 2007 is none other than Johann Zarco. He was Moto2 World Champion twice and continues his career in MotoGP.

For 5 out of the last 6 seasons, the Moto3 world champion was an ex-Rookie.

The bike

The KTM RC 250R is a reflection of the factory KTM that won the Moto3 championship in 2018 in the hands of Jorge Martin, the ex-Rookie. In 2022, Acosta, another ex-Rookie, won with the same bike.

Heading to 2022

The 2022 season started in Portugal in Portimao. The Rookies Cup will then make a tour across Europe and will end in Aragon, Motorland, in September. On these MotoGP rounds they have the opportunity to learn from their idols that they observe on the track and rub shoulders with in the paddocks. It is a real source of inspiration for these young riders.

The Rookies races are real battles, thrilling until the last second. Imagine 24 over-motivated young riders on the same bike fighting for their biggest dream, to become a motoGP champion.