SANTA MONICA, Calif. (May 19, 2008) — With its inaugural season
successfully underway, applications are now being accepted online for the
2009 season of the Red Bull AMA U.S. Rookies Cup at
www.redbullrookiescup.com. This series is a unique program created by Red
Bull for fostering motorcycle talent in promising young riders who will
compete at top road racing circuits in front of race day crowds, on
identical KTM RC 125 machines.
The Red Bull Rookies Cup program has been designed to create a level
playing field so that the best and the brightest emerge at the top, and no
young talent is overlooked due to a lack of financial resources or
professional backing. Based on the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup in Europe,
the U.S. series focuses on seeking out top North, Central and South
American, as well as Caribbean, racing talent.
“The Red Bull AMA U.S Rookies Cup is an unbelievable program,” said Kevin
Schwantz, the 1993 500cc Grand Prix World Champion and Rookies Cup Riders
Coach. “The chance that these kids are being given by Red Bull and its
partners is the chance of a lifetime. First-class equipment with great
mechanics at some of the best tracks in the U.S. is just a small part of
it. For me it’s an honor to be the kids’ coach and to represent this
amazing program with 23 of the best kids I know.”
Potential competitors from North and South America can apply for
consideration to attend the Selection Event at www.redbullrookiescup.com.
Applicants must be 13 to 17 years old during the 2009 racing season (born
between January 1, 1992 and December 31, 1995). The deadline for
applications is August 15, 2008.
The official on-track Selection Event will once again take place at Barber
Motorsports Park this Fall, where invited riders will show what they’ve got
for the esteemed team of selection judges in an effort to be invited to
join the Red Bull AMA U.S. Rookies Cup series in 2009.
Racing experience is not a requirement, but motorcycle riding experience
is. The program is open to young motorcycle racers from all disciplines –
road racing, dirt track, motocross, etc. Potential Rookies must simply have
the talent, ambition and the drive to become a world-class road racer. In
the selection process, riders will be chosen not only based on their
results, but also on their potential, personality, racing spirit, team
spirit and sense of fair play.
The stops on the Red Bull AMA U.S. Rookies Cup calendar will be linked to
official 2009 AMA Superbike and MotoGP events, and will immerse the young
riders in an authentic race atmosphere.
For more information, please visit www.redbullrookiescup.com.