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Red Bull MotoGP Academy 2008 line-up announced

Red Bull MotoGP Academy 2008 line-up announced

The line-up for the 2008 Red Bull MotoGP Academy has been formally confirmed, with the promising teenage quartet of Cameron Beaubier, Jonas Folger, Danny Kent and Johann Zarco enrolled for 12 months of development work, in the fourth edition of the Dorna backed program since its inception in 2005.

The line-up for the 2008 Red Bull MotoGP Academy has been formally confirmed, with the promising teenage quartet of Cameron Beaubier (USA), Jonas Folger (Germany), Danny Kent (UK) and Johann Zarco (France) enrolled for 12 months of development work, in the fourth edition of the Dorna backed program since its inception in 2005.

French sensation Zarco was the winner of the 2007 Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup, American rider Beaubier has also come through the ranks of the same competition, Briton Kent has emerged via the Aprilia Superteen Challenge, while Folger was already part of the Academy system in 2007.

The first gathering of the group was on Wednesday (19th December) in Barcelona for medical assessments and inspections of the facilities at the Academy's Blume Centre headquarters. Californian youngster Beaubier was unavailable to attend the meeting but will join up with his new colleagues when they start their 2008 campaign next year.

The medical assessments from Wednesday will help the Academy staff to define their students' training program for the winter period.

As members of the Red Bull MotoGP Academy the quartet will receive tuition from MotoGP mentor Alberto Puig, personal training to increase fitness and lessons to improve foreign languages skills. Puig worked with the likes of 2007 World Champion Casey Stoner, along with Dani Pedrosa, Toni Elias and Julian Simon in the early stages of their careers.

The youngsters will have access to all the Blume facilities, with an experienced group of medical staff and sport physiotherapists on hand to provide the sort of guidance which has previously seen riders such as Bradley Smith and Takaaki Nakagami graduate to Grand Prix racing via the Academy program.

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