Red Bull KTM Ajo sign Karel Hanika for 2014

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

The 2013 Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup winner will ride with the reigning Moto3™ World Championship-winning team.

Red Bull KTM Ajo have recruited young talent Karel Hanika for next season’s Moto3™ World Championship campaign. The Czech rider, born in Brno on April 14th 1996, is the winner of the 2013 edition of the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup and will debut in Grand Prix competition with the 2008, 2010 and 2012 lower cylinder category Teams World Champion.

Just like Danny Kent in 2011 and Arthur Sissis in 2012, 17 year-old Karel Hanika will make the move to Moto3™ with Aki Ajo’s team following success in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup. The Czech rider took three wins and four podium finishes in the 2012 edition of the series, but this year has improved yet further to claim the title with two races in hand. Hanika has won six races in 2013 to date – half of those held so far – and finished runner-up in a further three.

His results, riding and development were key to Red Bull KTM Ajo’s confidence in his abilities and the team will challenge Hanika to continue his upward trajectory as part of their team for 2014.

Aki Ajo - Team Manager:
"We are very happy to bring Karel to Red Bull KTM Ajo. He is a very talented young rider who has had great races in the Red Bull Rookies Cup both this season and last season. Karel follows in the footsteps of Danny Kent and Arthur Sissis, moving from the Red Bull Rookies Cup to the World Championship with us. It is an honour for Red Bull KTM Ajo to have these young riders coming through, with their desire to work hard and learn after their time in that magnificent competition. I know that Karel is very motivated for next year - and that is the most important thing. After this announcement, the team will return our focus on our fight for the Moto3™ title this season."

Karel Hanika:
"Moving up to Moto3™ with Red Bull KTM Ajo is a dream for me. In my opinion, this is the best team in the series and a perfect opportunity for me. I have to make the most of this unique chance. I don’t want to set goals for my first season in the World Championship, because it is still early, but I hope to have as much success as possible. I can’t wait for the first pre-season tests and my first meeting with the team. The feeling about next season couldn’t be better."

TAGS 2013 Red Bull KTM Ajo

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