Red Bull MotoGP Rookies: Sissis graduates to factory KTM team

Monday, 21 November 2011

16 year old Arthur Sissis has signed to race on the Ajo Motorsport Team for the 2012 Moto3 season.

The Australian rider joins fellow former Red Bull MotoGP Rookie Danny Kent on the Ajo Motorsport Team. It was their success in the Rookies Cup in 2011 and 2010 respectively that ensured their inclusion in the factory KTM team.

“It's a dream come true,” said Sissis. “This has been the best year of my life. I have learned so much in the Rookies Cup. I was a speedway rider before and learned everything about road racing in the Cup. I know that racing in the GP class is a new challenge, but I'm ready for it.”

Sissis finished 2nd in the 2011 Cup behind Lorenzo Baldassarri. The 15 year old Italian is too young to race in GPs and will stay in the Rookies Cup for 2012. His year, along with the other 23 Rookies, starts with the pre-season test at Estoril in Portugal on April 2nd, with the first contest of the 15 race season at Jerez on April 28th.

The 24 Rookies represent 14 nations from across the globe, from Japan and South Africa, the breadth of Europe to the United States of America. They will race at 8 Grands Prix across Europe in 15 races and been seen around the world on more than 50 TV stations. The best rider at the end of the season is guaranteed a place in the factory KTM Moto3 team for 2013.

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