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Indy Kids: Red Bull Rookies get set for intercontinental challenge this weekend Sunday

Indy Kids: Red Bull Rookies get set for intercontinental challenge this weekend

The Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup youngsters will be in action against their counterparts from the Red Bull AMA U.S. Rookies Cup in team competition at Indianapolis.

The Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup and its sister series, the Red Bull AMA U.S. Rookies Cup, will go head-to-head on Sunday in the inaugural Riders Cup event at Indianapolis. Ten riders from each of the youth initiatives will be defending the honour of their version of the Rookies scheme and the participants are already in the MotoGP paddock at The Brickyard to soak up the atmosphere.

Ironically, the teenager leading the MotoGP team is an American, JD Beach, the 16 year-old recently crowned the winner of the European edition. He is joined by season-long rival Luis Salom, third place finisher Sturla Fagerhaug and Brno round racewinner Mathew Scholtz, with other participants including Matthew Hoyle and Markus Reiterberger, who replaces Japanese rider Daijiro Hiura after he dropped out due to school commitments.

The AMA team lines up the likes of Benny Solis, Leandro Mercado and Hayden Gillim, a relative of former MotoGP World Champion Nicky Hayden. Whilst some of the MotoGP rookies have an extra year of experience under their belts, the Stateside participants have the benefit of having tested at the circuit just a few months ago.

`I don't look at it like we might win or we could win. We´re gonna win," says tough talking Argentine Mercado. `We will work as a team and do whatever it takes, in a good way, to win. The weekend is going to be really enjoyable and I am excited to see what the level of competition is. It doesn't change my approach much that the race is not part of our championship because I am focused on finishing races, whether it be for a team or myself, and trying hard to get the most points I can.´

Salom shares Mercado´s will to take the bragging rights at the Riders Cup, which will have a sequel at Valencia in late October.

`Of course we all want to win the race ourselves but more than that we understand it is about the team and taking home the trophy. We are going to work together and I know from the hard races we have had this year we have great riders in our team. We know that coming here and racing against those guys at home will not be easy, we don´t know much about them but by the time we get to Sunday we will. I think we can do it.´

The Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup riders will also share the track with the Red Bull AMA U.S. Rookies Cup representatives in the latter series´ latest round, which will be run on Saturday with a bumper 31 rider grid.


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