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Old 01-15-2009, 02:24 PM   #1
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RED BULL DROPS US ROOKIE CUP SERIES!

RED BULL DROPS US ROOKIE CUP SERIES!

This just in from Red Bull:

Tough decisions in response to a harsh reality.

Red Bull has taken the decision to trim the 2009 Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup to 8 races at 6 Grand Prixs and cancel the 2009 Red Bull AMA U.S. Rookies Cup following a significant reduction of support by a major partner.

At a time when companies the world over are bracing themselves for the effects of recession Red Bull has shouldered as much of the load as possible to cover both the technical as well as operational efforts of running the MotoGP Cup but there will simply not be enough spares and technical support available to keep the U.S. series at a high level in 2009.

This is not a happy situation for anyone concerned. The positive is that the Rookies Cup will continue and the aim remains to give as many riders as possible the chance to progress towards the highest level of Grand Prix racing. Red Bull wished to thank Alpinestars and Dorna for their unwavering support in these difficult circumstances and deeply regrets the unavoidable disappointment that this brings, particularly to those involved in the U.S. Cup.

The Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup now enters its third season and will be contested at the following Grands Prix:

May 2nd / 3rd Jerez - Spain (double header) May 30th Mugello - Italy June 27th Assen - Netherlands July 18th Sachsenring - Germany July 25th Donington - England August 15th /16th Brno - Czech Republic (double header)

Two pre season tests each lasting two days are planned.

March 26th - 27th Estoril - Portugal March 30th - 31st Jerez - Spain
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Old 01-15-2009, 02:33 PM   #2
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Sad to hear.
Motorsports is really starting to take a beating.
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This just in from Red Bull:


2009 RED BULL MOTOGP ROOKIES CUP RIDER ADDITIONS

Three Americans, One Australian Progress to the European Circuit for 2009

Santa Monica, CA (January 28, 2009) - Four talented young riders - Benny Solis, Jr., Hayden Gillim, Jake Gagne and Joshua Hook - will take on the world during the 2009 Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup campaign, joining 21 competitors hailing from France, Italy, South Africa, Great Britain, Spain, Sweden, Czech Republic and Austria. The aim of the Rookies Cup is to identify and develop top global racing talent who have the potential to become future champions in Grand Prix racing.

"I think these young riders will do great," said Red Bull AMA U.S. Rookies Cup Riders Coach and 1993 World Champion Kevin Schwantz. "Three of them have experience in Europe and learned a lot at the Riders Cup events last year. Both at Indy and Valencia, we experienced wet weather and our kids did well in difficult situations. They will find all aspects of MotoGP Rookies Cup a huge step towards trying to learn how to compete on a world level. It will be a huge challenge but also a great chance to show, on a world level, what kind of speed and motivation they really have."

Solis, Jr., and Gillim were invited to compete in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup at the conclusion of the 2008 Red Bull AMA U.S. Rookies Cup season, based on their performances throughout the year. Solis, 14 years old, from North Hollywood, Calif., won four races on his way to the series championship, and Gillim, also 14 years old, from Owensboro, Ky., won two races and was the series runner-up.

"I'm really excited about racing in Europe this year," said Solis. "I feel exactly how I felt in late 2007 when I received a call from Kevin [Schwantz] saying that I was accepted into the Red Bull Rookies Cup. I know it'll be hard, but racing is always fun, if I win or lose, and I'm more anxious than ever to go ride the GP tracks and I hope I do as well as I did last year."

"I can't wait to compete in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup," said Gillim. "It should be a lot of fun and hopefully I can learn new riding skills and learn the tracks, so if I get to MotoGP, I'm prepared."

Joining Solis and Gillim in Europe will be Gagne and Hook. Gagne, 15 years old, from Ramona, Calif., was a two-time race winner in the 2008 Bull AMA U.S. Rookies Cup and was the top finisher for the U.S. team at the Red Bull Riders Cup races in Indianapolis and Valencia. Hook, 16 years old, from Taree, New South Wales, Australia, was chosen to compete in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup on the recommendation of Schwantz based on the strength of his performance at the official Red Bull AMA U.S. Rookies Cup Selection Event last October.

"I'm very excited to get the opportunity to race in the MotoGP Rookies Cup this year and I can't thank Red Bull enough for this opportunity," said Gagne. "Getting to race on the best tracks in the world and in front of the best riders and teams is a dream come true and I can't wait for the racing to start."

"To learn that I was selected to compete in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup was just unbelievable," said Hook. "I am really grateful and honored that the selection committee believed in my potential to be successful and I can't wait to get on the track at the first test in Estoril."

The third season of the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup will feature eight races at six MotoGP race weekends - four single-race weekends and two doubleheaders. The riders will compete on identical KTM RC 125 motorcycles and they will be outfitted with Alpinestars leathers, boots and gloves.
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i sure loook forward to seeing haydem gillam get some more wins this year. i thouhgt he also raced in the cmra? what happened ot that deal?
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i sure loook forward to seeing haydem gillam get some more wins this year. i thouhgt he also raced in the cmra? what happened ot that deal?
He did race in the CMRA, but it seems he has been quite busy with the US Red Bull Cup. Now with him leaving for Europe, I doubt we will see him racing much over here.
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He did race in the CMRA, but it seems he has been quite busy with the US Red Bull Cup. Now with him leaving for Europe, I doubt we will see him racing much over here.
Yeah we will John, on TV!

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