The Red Bull MotoGP™ Rookies Cup, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2016, is the elite level series for talented youngsters looking to make the leap into the world of Grand Prix motorcycle racing.
Throughout the years it has continued to feed exceptional riders into the lightweight classes of the MotoGP™ Championship, with the World Champions of the last two Moto3™ and Moto2™ classes all graduates of the Red Bull Rookies Cup – Johann Zarco, Brad Binder and Danny Kent.
To prepare themselves for elite level competition, riders get the opportunity to run competitive technical race packages at circuits around the world with KTM machinery at their disposal, and experience life in the paddock they ultimately aim to race in.
The 2016 Red Bull MotoGP™ Rookies Cup title was won by young Japanese talent Ayumu Sasaki, who managed to beat Spanish rival Aleix Viu at the last race of the season in Aragon. Sasaki, who the year before had won the Asia Talent Cup, makes the step up to Moto3™ for the 2017 season with the SIC Racing Team.
The 2017 season will see 11 new riders coming into the cup from Spain, The Netherlands, Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria and Italy.