Sunday, October 11th, 2009

2010 Red Bull Rookies Cup Begins

October 9, 2009 by Warren Hayashi  
Filed under Racing

Becoming a MotoGP World Champion or just succeeding in competing at the highest level of competition on the planet for two-wheeled enthusiasts is an accomplishment that takes time, dedication and sacrifice. We all want to be Valentino Rossi, but do we have any idea what this seven time world premier class MotoGP champion has been through on his road to world fame. Just ask the seven teenagers who were successful in the recent 2010 Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup competition against the best young two-wheeled racers in the world. After making it through the opening rounds, they’ll have to compete with the 18 competitors returning from the 2009 Red Bull Rookies Cup and possibly three reserve drivers who were also chosen. This is only the first step on the route to MotoGP competition and fame. These young racers have a long and twisted road ahead of them with many pitfalls and hazards on the track ahead of them before they’ll make it to MotoGP and that’s only to compete against the best in the world. Once you get there you have to raise your game to become a world champion and to stay at the top is even harder since complacency sets in and you become the target for every young gun in the two-wheeled racing world.

Seven new riders have been chosen to join 18 returning young riders from the 2009 Red Bull Rookies Cup

Seven new riders have been chosen to join 18 returning young riders from the 2009 Red Bull Rookies Cup

The day of the competition was an entertaining one as many of the young racers struggled to handle the cool track in the morning, but none were injured seriously. The kids went through the usual warm up sessions on the track to get a feel for the surface they would be racing on, before they broke up into groups of seven to test their bikes. The level of racing skill of the young racers from around the world was pretty amazing considering the young age of these racers. Young racers from Russia, the USA, Brazil and New Zealand had come to the 2010 Red Bull Rookies Cup to showcase their skill and desire to be the best and only seven would be selected to be invited to the next round of competition.

The seven names that you could be hearing more about in the years to come were Florian Alt of Germany, Niccolo Antonelli of Italy, Alan Techer of France, Xavier Pinsach of Spain, Brody Nowlan of Australia, Antonio Chiari of Brazil and Deni Cudic of Austria. These seven racers will be joined by three reserve riders; Philipp Ottl of Germany, Tomas Vavrous of the Czech Republic and James Flitcroft of the British Isles, and 18 racers from the 2009 Red Bull Rookies Cup who were invited to return for the 2010 Red Bull Rookies Cup.

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