Launched in 2007, the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup is the ideal proving ground for up-and-coming talents looking to make the jump into the World Championship. With a long-time partnership in place between Dorna Sports and Red Bull, all riders compete on identical Moto3™ bikes in order to ensure an ultra-competitive grid.
Further adapting the field to the World Championship itself, the Rookies Cup follows the same points system, with 25 awarded for a victory and one for 15th position. On top of this, the Rookies compete on no less than eight Grand Prix circuits alongside the World Championship, under the watchful eye of MotoGP™ World Champions and Team Principals as they travel from Texas to Assen and Silverstone to Aragón.
The tenth year of the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup sees 24 teenagers from around the globe embark on the most exciting year of their lives. Thirteen nations are represented from as far afield as Japan and Colombia, Finland and the USA. As 2015 Cup winner Bo Bendsneyder prepares for his first season as a member of the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3™ squad alongside fellow ex Rookie Brad Binder, this year's Rookies have their sights set on his career path and those of Moto2™ and Moto3™ World Champions Johann Zarco and Danny Kent, also Cup graduates. There are natural favourites for the 2016 Cup, like Ayumu Sasaki, Marc Garcia and Raúl Fernández, who are racing alongside eleven new names.