International line-up ready to race on the world stage
Santa Monica, CA (January 15, 2008) — The newest generation of road racing stars has arrived, as 23 young racers have been confirmed and will comprise the starting grid of the 2008 Red Bull AMA U.S. Rookies Cup series. The riders, who will be between 13 and 16 years old during the season, represent seven states and six countries, and will complement the year-old Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup in Europe.
These riders were selected from more than 600 applicants from the Western Hemisphere. Of the 600 applicants, 104 were invited to attend the official Selection Event at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama. They had equal amounts of on-track time in which to display a combination of speed, progression of lap times, attitude, willingness to learn and of course, potential. All of the riders were comprehensively evaluated by 1993 500cc World Champion and Red Bull AMA U.S. Rookies Cup rider coach Kevin Schwantz, renowned flat track instructor Danny Walker, MotoGP team owner and paddock insider Peter Clifford and Red Bull MotoGP Rookies rider coach and multiple grand prix race winner Gustl Auinger.
The 2008 Red Bull AMA U.S. Rookies Cup Riders
Corey Alexander – Ossining, New York
Emerson Connor – Burlington, Ontario, Canada
Jacob Cunningham – Kimberly, Wisconsin
Austin DeHaven – Los Angeles, California
Jacob Gagne – Ramona, California
Frankie Lee Gillim – Owensboro, Kentucky
Hayden Gillim – Owensboro, Kentucky
Cameron Gish – Shingle Springs, California
Otavio Lucchini – Jundiai-SP, Brazil
Austin Medrano – Mustang, Oklahoma
Leandro Mercado – Cordoba, Argentina
Jake Morman – Loganville, Georgia
Huntley Nash – Marietta, Georgia
Joey Pascarella – Vacaville, California
Bryce Prince – Bakersfield, California
Corey Rech – Liverpool, New York
Luciano Ribodino – Cordoba, Argentina
Benny Solis, Jr. – N. Hollywood, California
Jesse Stevens – Lawrenceville, Georgia
Garet Tomlinson -Aledo, Texas
Tomas P. Vasquez – Medellin, Colombia
Toriano Wilson – St. Davids, Bermuda
Travis Wyman – Macedon, New York
The 2008 Red Bull AMA U.S. Rookies Cup will compete at select AMA Superbike race weekends, as well as at the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix, on identical KTM RC 125 bikes. In addition, the top riders from the AMA and MotoGP Rookies Cups will square off in the special Red Bull Riders Cup at the Red Bull Indianapolis GP, with a rematch on European soil at the Valencia Grand Prix in October.
For more information, please visit www.redbullrookiescup.com and www.redbullusa.com/rookiescup. For hi-res images of the selected riders, please visit www.redbull-photofiles.com.