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Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup 2009 selection underway

Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup 2009 selection underway

Four days of glorious Italian sunshine allowed a group of the World´s best young riders to demonstrate their abilities at the initial Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup 2009 selection events.

A pair of two-day Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup 2009 selection events held back-to-back at the Adria Raceway, Italy, from 1st-4th September, revealed a superb level of talent from riders from as far afield as Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and South Africa.

`It is just incredible to see how much some of the guys improved even just over a two day test,´ said Gustl Auinger, Rider Coach for the MotoGP Rookies Cup and one of the selection panel. `It has been a great four days, we´ve had a lot of fun and seen a lot of talent. It´s such a shame we can´t take them all into the Cup but as I tell all the riders there are many ways to enjoy our sport, the Rookies Cup is just one of them.´

At the end of the four days the selection panel drew up a list of 28 riders (from the 100 participating) who are invited to the final selection event to be held at Estoril, Portugal from 7th-8th November. There was a great variety of experience represented and while it might have seemed to favour those who have ridden machines similar to the Metrakit 125s used for the selection, or those familiar with the circuit, in fact it was the way that those without such experience adapted which most drew the attention of the selection panel.

One of those was 15 year-old Thomas Vavrous from the Czech Republic, who commented, `This is a much smaller bike than the RS125 Aprilia I normally ride and it took a bit of getting used to. At first I thought I was in real trouble when I fell off at the beginning of the first session but then I started to settle down and enjoy it. I´ve had a lot of fun.´

For some the whole experience was just fantastic. `It´s just a great trip,´ said 15 year-old Nick Cain from New Zealand. `I can´t believe the way it is all organised, the bikes, the track, everything. I´m having a blast here. It is a long way to come and quite different to what I am used to but a great experience.´

While some found the bikes smaller than those they are used to, others, like 12 year-old Scott Deroue from the Netherlands, found it quite a big step up. `It´s my first time on a 125, I have just been riding pocket bikes. It´s been a big new experience for me, a lot of fun though.´

MotoGP, 2008

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