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Schwantz and Clifford preview Red Bull Rookies action

Schwantz and Clifford preview Red Bull Rookies action

Kevin Schwantz will be backing the Red Bull AMA U.S. Rookies and Peter Clifford will be behind the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies as they do battle this weekend at Indianapolis.

The Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix is a very special event it its own right and one of the extra novelties for fans to enjoy this weekend is the Red Bull Riders Cup race, which takes place on Sunday morning.

The competition sees the best riders from the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup and its American sister series, the Red Bull AMA U.S. Rookies Cup, go head-to-head in a battle for global bragging rights. A second Riders Cup leg will take place at the final round of the 2008 World Championship in Valencia, at the end of October.

The Red Bull AMA U.S. Rookies have the penultimate race of their inaugural season on Saturday evening, while qualifying for the Riders Cup took place on Friday - with MotoGP Rookie team-mates Mathew Scholtz (pole) and Matthew Hoyle (second) joined by AMA U.S. Team riders Leandro Mercado and Hayden Gillim on the front row for Sunday´s race.

The AMA U.S. riders, coached by 1993 500cc World Champion and MotoGP Legend Kevin Schwantz, come from all over North, Central and South America, while the MotoGP Rookies are a worldwide selection. caught up with Schwantz and Peter Clifford, MotoGP Paddock insider and Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup PR manager, after the Riders Cup qualifying on Friday as the pair enjoyed some banter about the weekend prospects of their young riders.

`Before qualifying we had no idea how the two series were going to match up against each other,´ said Rookies Cup Rider Selection Committee and former Red Bull Yamaha team manager Clifford. `The Americans have been racing all year over here and we have been racing on the other side of the Atlantic, so we didn´t know what to expect.´

`It is really interesting to see how close they all were,´ said Schwantz after qualifying. `We have got nine guys within a second of each other on the grid. So I think the competition is going to be great.´

`Our guys have a bit of an advantage though I think, as quite a few of them are in their second year in the cup, as our series has been running for two seasons, so they come with a bit more experience,´ added Clifford.

`It seems like the bikes are pretty evenly matched and the riders are evenly matched though,´ responded Schwantz. `I think the deciding factors are going to be heart, motivation and perhaps the weather to a certain extent! I just think it is great in terms of international flair here in MotoGP for everybody to be racing together, Europeans, Americans, South Americans. We have such a great mix and diversity in the field.´


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